Orrington woman indicted for manslaughter in connection with death of woman in Hampden crash

Posted Oct. 30, 2013, at 1:14 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 30, 2013, at 4:02 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — An Orrington woman was indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County grand jury in connection with a car accident in April that killed a Hermon woman.

Sarah Courtney, 33, was indicted on one count each of manslaughter and aggravated criminal operating under the influence of intoxicants.

Sarah Eason, 28, was a passenger in the sport utility vehicle Courtney was driving April 20. Eason was killed when she was ejected from the SUV after Courtney went around a bend, lost control and flipped her Ford Explorer on Bog Road in Hampden, according to a previously published report.

Courtney’s blood alcohol level was .14, nearly twice the legal limit of .08 percent, Penobscot County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said Wednesday afternoon. Courtney also was driving 57 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone, he said.

Police believe Eason wasn’t wearing a seat belt. Courtney, who police believe was buckled in, appeared to have no physical injuries but was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center as a precaution. She was released later that night, according to Hampden police Officer Shawn Devine.

If convicted, Courtney faces up to 30 years in prison on the manslaughter charge alone.

She remains free pending her arraignment on the charges. An arraignment date has not been set.

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