AUGUSTA, Maine — A tractor-trailer truck driver who was involved in a crash that took the life of a 12-year-old girl is contesting his three-year license suspension stemming from last year’s wreck in Farmington.
Charles Willey of Dexter plans to challenge the suspension at a Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles administrative hearing Thursday.
Police found excessive speed to be the primary cause of the August 2011 crash between Willey’s tractor-trailer and a van that was carrying young campers. The crash killed 12-year-old Tess Meisel of Westport, Conn.
The district attorney’s office determined there was not enough evidence to bring a vehicular manslaughter charge against Willey, but his license was suspended.
Suzanne Tanner of Westport, Conn., mother of Tess Meisel, plans to observe Thursday’s hearing. Tanner says the three-year license suspension is insufficient.