Driver in Bucksport crash that killed teen charged with manslaughter

Posted April 10, 2014, at 1:42 p.m.
Last modified April 10, 2014, at 3:08 p.m.

BUCKSPORT, Maine — Six months after a local teenager died in a car crash on Bucks Mills Road, another teenager has been charged in connection with her death.

Taylor Darveau, 15, was a passenger in a 1999 Subaru wagon when the car went off the road on the evening of Oct. 3. Samantha Goode, 16, of Bucksport was driving northbound on Bucks Mills Road when the car struck a tree, police have said.

Darveau, a cheerleader and student at Bucksport High School, died as a result of the crash.

Carletta “Dee” Bassano, district attorney for Hancock County, said Goode was charged Wednesday evening with manslaughter and aggravated driving to endanger. She did not identify Goode by name but did confirm that it was the driver of the vehicle who has been charged.

She said she expects that Goode will be tried as a juvenile and that no one else has been charged in the case.

Because of the severity of the charges, the Bangor Daily News is naming the suspect.

Bassano declined to comment on other aspects of the case or on the investigation into the crash. She said the girl is expected to appear in court on the charges on May 9.

Darveau’s mother, Christina Darveau, said Wednesday evening — the day before the charges were announced — that she and her family had met with Bassano on Wednesday afternoon and “were pleased with the results” of the investigation.

She declined further comment. Attempts to contact Christina Darveau on Thursday, after the charges were announced, were unsuccessful.

On the day Taylor Darveau died, she and Goode had attended a dinner earlier in the evening for football players and cheerleaders that was held at Bucksport High School, officials have said. The crash was reported to police at 6:22 p.m., not long after the dinner.

Darveau was taken from the accident scene to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where she was pronounced dead. Goode survived the crash and has since resumed taking classes at Bucksport High School.

Aside from the issue of how the car was operated by Goode, Darveau was not supposed to be in the car as Goode was driving, according to state law. Being only 16, Goode had an intermediate license, which means she could not carry any passenger who was not an immediate family member unless the passenger was over 20 years old and had possessed a valid license for at least two years.

The law is aimed at reducing the likelihood of accidents, which according to some experts increases when a young driver has other young passengers in his or her car.

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