Jury weighs charges in tragic car crash

Posted June 18, 2009, at 9:49 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine – The trial of a Danforth man on charges stemming from a car crash in September 2007 that left his pregnant girlfriend paralyzed went to the jury at 3 p.m.

Jayson Caron, 31, is charged with operating under the influence of intoxicant, aggravated OUI and reckless conduct.

Caron, according to the prosecution got drunk during the Springfield fair, demanded the keys from Bobbi Jo Norris, now 21, of Mattawamkeag, and then rolled his truck, causing Norris to live the rest of her life as a paraplegic.

Defense attorney F. David Walker IV of Bangor told the jury in his opening statements that Norris was driving and that Maine State Police should have called an accident reconstructionist to the scene to determine who was driving.

Caron and Norris are no longer a couple. Their daughter, who lives with her mother, is now 16 months old and healthy, according to Greg Campbell, assistant attorney for Penobscot County who is prosecuting the case.

The trial began Monday with Superior Court Justice William Anderson presiding.

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