Articles Tagged with car accident lawsuit maine

For his role in a 2014 Maine car accident that left his pregnant girlfriend permanently disabled, killed another woman and injured her teenage son, a 20-year-old from Spruce Head was sentenced to 12 years in prison. However, he will only serve nine months of that at a local jail because the judge suspended the bulk of the sentence. He had admitted to smoking marijuana the night before the crash and THC and amphetamines were found in his system. He was reportedly driving recklessly and crossed the center line, striking the decedent’s vehicle. 

The criminal sentencing came one month after jurors in a civil trial brought by the estate of the woman who died awarded plaintiffs $1.1 million in a judgement against the driver. Six months before that, a personal injury lawsuit filed by the man’s former girlfriend, 19, settled out-of-court for $5 million.

In both cases where The Bangor Daily News reported on the civil lawsuits, the reporter noted, “Whether that money will be collected is uncertain.” That’s because the driver was not insured.  Continue reading

A new report from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism suggests adults in Maine are drinking far more than in years past.

Per capita consumption of alcohol among those over the age of 21 has risen since the late 1990s. In fact, according to an analysis of the data by The Bangor Daily News, consumption of alcohol has increased to levels not since since the 1970s.

Maine-based purchases of alcohol show a steady increase of alcohol consumption in the form of beer and spirits. However, wine consumption has remained relatively flat in recent years. From 2012 to 2013, there was a 1.7 percent increase in per capita consumption of alcohol. This was on par with the national increase of 1.5 percent. The data also shows Mainers prefer beer to anything else. Continue reading

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