BANGOR, Maine — Two front teeth found at the scene of an ATV crash last June in Clifton linked an Eddington teenager to the collision that injured his female passenger, Penobscot County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said Tuesday.
Kyle R. Senter, 18, was indicted in July 2010 by the Penobscot County grand jury on a charges of failure to report an ATV accident with personal injury or death, operating an ATV to endanger, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and driving to endanger.
“He pled guilty to the Class C leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident and Class C driving to endanger,” Almy said.
The charges were elevated to felonies “because there was serious injury” to the 18-year-old female passenger, he said.
Senter was sentenced Feb. 24 to three years behind bars, with all but 15 months suspended, and two years of probation after he is released from prison for the two traffic offenses, Almy said. His probation will include no use or possession of alcohol, search conditions, no contact with the victim and the payment of $4,388 in restitution. The felony driving to endanger sentence also carries a $575 fine and loss of his driver’s license for six months.
The ATV crash occurred on June 14, 2010, in Clifton as Senter exited Springy Pond Road onto Route 180. He crashed the all-terrain vehicle, with the female passenger on the back, into a Ford Mustang driven by a Clifton resident.
“When he crashed into the car, the victim was thrown from the ATV,” Almy said. “The defendant picked her up and put her back on the ATV and fled on foot.”
The female passenger’s right leg was fractured in several places and “she still suffers from that,” he said.
The two had been at a gravel pit with other young adults before the crash.
“He had been drinking Budweiser and when police found him he denied being in the crash,” Almy said of Senter.
Senter was missing his two front teeth when interviewed by police the day after the collision and told them he had been in a fight, the prosecutor said. Investigators took a DNA sample from Senter and returned to the crash scene and found two front teeth, Almy said.
“They matched it [Senter’s DNA] to the two teeth found at the scene,” he said.
He is now serving his sentence in state prison.