St. Agatha man indicted for manslaughter in friend’s death in ATV accident

Posted March 16, 2011, at 2:49 p.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — A St. Agatha man was indicted for manslaughter and other charges Wednesday in connection with an ATV accident that caused the death of his friend, according to Aroostook County District Attorney Todd Collins.

Police say Timmy J. Soucy, 26, was drunk and driving an ATV after his license had been revoked when the accident occurred on Halloween, Oct. 31, 2010.

Robert “Bobby” Tardif, 24, of Frenchville suffered head trauma in the accident and died from his injuries on Nov. 8 at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Todd Collins said Wednesday that Soucy was indicted on charges of manslaughter, aggravated operating after revocation, aggravated operating under the influence and reckless conduct.

The crash took place at 2:10 p.m. on Oct. 31 on Paradis Lane in Frenchville and was investigated by the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department.

Police said Tardiff and Soucy were on separate ATVs and that Soucy was towing Tardif down the roadway when both machines veered out of control and rolled over on the roadway. Neither rider was wearing a helmet.

Soucy was taken to Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent and treated and released. Tardif was stabilized at NMMC before being flown to the Bangor hospital where he remained in critical condition until his death.

“The grand jury concluded that Mr. Soucy’s conduct was reckless,” Collins said. “He was under the influence, had no license and he was acting in a reckless manner, which led to the indictment.”

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