Trucker will not face charges in fatal crash with YMCA minivan

Posted Dec. 07, 2011, at 10:16 a.m.

FARMINGTON, Maine — No criminal charges will be filed against a Maine truck driver in connection with a crash that killed a 12-year-old Connecticut girl.

Franklin County prosecutor James Andrews told the Morning Sentinel his office reviewed the police investigation of the Aug. 17 crash in Farmington and determined there was not enough evidence to bring a vehicular manslaughter charge against Charles Willey.

Andrews said the probe concluded that Willey was driving his tractor-trailer about 11 miles per hour over the speed limit when he lost control of the rig and struck a YMCA minivan. But the prosecutor said there was no finding of criminal negligence as required by the law.

The crash killed Tess Meisel, of Westport, Conn. She was in the van owned by Camp Jewell YMCA in Colebrook, Conn., that was returning from Acadia National Park.

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