Maine trucker charged in fatal prom-bound crash

The Associated Press
Posted Sept. 13, 2010, at 1:49 p.m.

SCARBOROUGH, Maine — A 38-year-old Maine truck driver has been indicted on charges stemming from a crash that killed a high school student who was headed to the prom.

The Portland Press Herald says a Cumberland County Grand Jury indicted 38-year-old Nathan Allen of Casco on charges of manslaughter, aggravated assault and reckless conduct stemming from the May 8 crash that killed 18-year-old Steven Delano, a senior at Scarborough High School.

Delano was one of four passengers in a car that was hit by an empty jet fuel truck driven by Allen as they were headed to the Gorham High School prom at the Italian Heritage Center in Portland. They had been at Delano’s house in Scarborough, the Press Herald reported, where they posed for photographs, and were heading to Gorham because one of the girls forgot her prom tickets at home.

As Delano’s car crossed Payne Road, the empty jet-fuel tanker truck driven by Allen was heading north on Payne Road, Dalton said. Allen works for J.P. Noonan Transportation based in West Bridgewater, Mass.

The tanker truck broadsided the driver’s side of Delano’s car, pushed it about 100 feet down Payne Road and into a ditch on the east side of the road. The car landed on its roof.

Drugs or alcohol don’t appear to have been a factor, Dalton said, but a wet road may have contributed to the crash.

The three other passengers were injured, one critically.

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