Deer Isle woman accused of running over boyfriend charged with manslaughter

Posted Nov. 29, 2012, at 1:36 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 29, 2012, at 7:07 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Deer Isle woman was arrested Thursday, charged with running over and killing her boyfriend during a drunken argument.

Kimberly Phelan, 29, is charged with manslaughter, aggravated criminal operating under the influence and reckless conduct with a deadly weapon. She was arrested in Stonington without incident on Thursday morning, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.

Phelan is accused of driving a 2003 Pontiac Aztek when it ran over and killed Andrew Ray, 31, of Deer Isle in Blue Hill on Sept. 15 of this year. According to police, the couple had been arguing moments before the Aztek ran him over on Water Street around 4:30 a.m.

The court documents outlining the evidence against Phelan are sealed pending a Friday bail hearing, but in September, Chief Deputy Richard Bishop said the couple had been drinking in Ellsworth and Blue Hill earlier in the night.

Bishop said that at some point, Ray and Phelan arrived at Blue Hill Town Park at the end of Water Street. An argument ensued, he said, and during the course of the argument, Phelan drove off, leaving Ray at the park.

Ray began walking back up toward Main Street, and got as far as the Blue Hill Fire Department when Phelan came back. The couple started arguing again through the passenger-side window and Ray may have had his hands partially inside the car when Phelan drove off, according to the chief deputy. Somehow, he said, Ray ended up underneath the vehicle and was run over.

Phelan called 911 around 4:30 a.m., Bishop said. Ray was rushed to Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, where he later died from injuries Bishop described as “major trauma.”

Deputy Alan Brown, the arresting officer, said that while the Sheriff’s Office doesn’t contend that Phelan killed Ray on purpose, intent isn’t necessary for a manslaughter charge. Manslaughter, a Class A crime, is punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a fine of $50,000.

BDN reporter Bill Trotter contributed to this report.

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