June 21, 2018
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10 months after crash that killed girl, Dexter trucker loses license suspension appeal

By Dylan Martin, Special to the BDN

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles has denied a Dexter truck driver’s appeal of a three-year license suspension that was imposed as a result of a crash that killed a 12-year-old girl last year.

Farmington police said Charles Willey, 54, of Dexter was speeding when his tractor-trailer rear-ended and crushed a minivan on U.S. Route 2 in Farmington on Aug. 17. Tess Meisel, 12, of Westport, Conn., was sitting in the rear seat of the van when the crash occurred, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said last year.

No criminal charges were lodged against Willey, Farmington police said.

Willey’s license was suspended on April 30 this year, Megan Sanborn, special assistant to the secretary of state, said Tuesday.

Willey appeal the suspension on May 31. The appeal was denied by a state hearing officer on June 21 on the grounds that Willey had been driving negligently and at an unreasonable speed, resulting in the girl’s death, Sanborn said.

The victim’s mother, Suzanne Tanner, said she was upset Willey made an appeal in the first place, but she was relieved the appeal was denied, The Associated Press reported.

Correction: An early version of this story contained an incorrect date. A state hearing officer denied Charles Willey's license-suspension appeal on June 21, not June 2.

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