Arrest made in Standish crash that claimed life of former Bangor athlete

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff
Posted July 27, 2012, at 7:50 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in connection with the April car crash that claimed the life of Clark Noonan, a former Bangor High School star athlete and Saint Joseph’s College student.

Tyler James Hall, 20, of Pittston was arrested Friday on charges of manslaughter, reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, a Cumberland County Jail official confirmed Friday. He has been released on $1,000 cash bail.

According to Cumberland County investigators, Hall was the driver of one of several cars filled with Saint Joseph’s College students playing a game of “leapfrog” shortly before the fatal crash, which occurred at about 1:30 a.m. on April 14, Capt. Shawn O’Leary of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said shortly after the crash.

Hall, who was driving the lead car, lost control of the Mazda 626 he was driving on Chadbourne Road, also known as Route 35, near the Saint Joseph’s College campus. The car veered off the road, rolled over several times and became entangled in a chain-link fence.

The other cars arrived at the accident scene just seconds later, O’Leary said.

Noonan, who was ejected, died at the scene. Saint Joseph’s students James Philbrook, 20, of Auburn and Terence Cullen, 21, of Iowa also were in the car. Hall, Philbrook and Cullen were treated for injuries that were not life-threatening after the rollover.

Noonan was a two-year varsity basketball player at Bangor High School, where as a senior in 2010 he earned Bangor Daily News third-team All-Maine recognition as well as All-Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference first team, all-defensive and all-academic honors.

Noonan was a sophomore business major and basketball player for the Monks.

His funeral service at Bangor Baptist Church drew more than 700 students, family members and friends.

Late last month, former Bangor High School soccer and basketball teammate Luke Hettermann organized the first Noonan-Nation Basketball Tournament in Noonan’s memory. The tourney was held at the University of Maine Student Recreation and Fitness Center in Orono.

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