Medway man indicted in fatal crash in Monroe

Posted Jan. 02, 2009, at 3:03 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11:09 a.m.

BELFAST, Maine — A former Medway selectman has been indicted on charges of manslaughter and aggravated driving to endanger for causing an accident in Monroe last fall that claimed the life of a co-worker and injured another.

James Lee, 43, of Medway was charged by secret indictment by the Waldo County grand jury on Tuesday.

The indictment was released after Lee’s arrest on Wednesday. Lee was later freed on $50,000 bail. Bail conditions require that he not operate vehicles or construction equipment and have no contact with the other two men who survived the Sept. 22 crash.

Lee, who runs the family business, Emery Lee & Sons, of Millinocket, with his brothers, was bringing a work crew home from a job in Belfast in a company truck when it left the Monroe Road at a high rate of speed and crashed into the woods.

William Russell, 28, was killed in the crash and William York was seriously injured. Another passenger, Chad Brackett, 30, was also injured.