June 21, 2018
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Brewer woman indicted in fatal Bangor hit-and-run crash

Patricia Giles
By Judy Harrison and Nick McCrea, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Brewer woman was indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County grand jury in connection with a fatal hit-and-run on Main Street earlier this month.

Patricia Giles, 51, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, a Class C felony, and falsifying physical evidence.

She faces up to five years in prison if convicted of the felony charge.

Police say Giles struck Joshua R. Constantine, 37, of Bangor, a longtime employee of a downtown business, as he crossed Main Street near the entrance to Shaw’s supermarket around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2.

Constantine, an employee of Herbal Tea & Tobacco, was killed instantly.

Giles’ silver 2000 Pontiac Bonneville didn’t stop and didn’t brake, according to Deputy District Attorney Michael Roberts.

Giles surrendered to police on June 13 as part of an agreement with the district attorney’s office.

Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County, said Wednesday that Giles was not indicted for manslaughter because there was no proof she was criminally negligent when she struck Constantine.

Maine law defines manslaughter as “recklessly, or with criminal negligence, caus[ing] the death of another human being.”

Giles was headed home from being in the Main Street area of Bangor during a waterfront concert but did not purchase a ticket for the show, the prosecutor said.

“We have no evidence that she was in a bar drinking before the incident,” Roberts said.

This week, Bangor Public Works installed a crosswalk and a pedestrian signal at Patten Street, the entrance to Shaw’s.

Roberts said Wednesday that even if Constantine had been in the crosswalk when he was struck, the driver would not have been criminally negligent unless it could be proven that person was impaired in some way, such as under the influence of intoxicants.

The day after the accident, police got a tip that Giles was involved and went to her residence, where they found the Bonneville in the garage.

Police found Giles had tried to remove the car’s windshield, and that is why she is charged with falsifying evidence, according to Roberts.

Initially, Giles told investigators she thought she had hit a dog, according to Roberts.

“Ultimately, she acknowledged to the Bangor Police Department that she hit someone and then panicked,” Roberts said.

Giles is expected to be arraigned on Sept. 12.

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