NH man indicted on homicide charges in crash that killed Biddeford pastor, wife

Posted April 23, 2014, at 6:34 a.m.
Last modified April 23, 2014, at 2 p.m.

DOVER, N.H. — Barrington resident John Shaw was indicted last week on four negligent homicide charges, alleging he caused the death of an elderly couple while driving under the influence of alcohol in August.

Shaw, 49, of Barrington was involved in a two-vehicle collision on Aug. 31, 2013. Shaw was driving a Ford Ranger west on Route 202 in Barrington when he crossed the centerline and collided with an eastbound Ford Edge.

Joel McLain, 77, the driver of the Edge, died instantly. McLain’s wife, Maxine McLain, also 77, a passenger in the vehicle, died several hours later at Frisbie Memorial Hospital.

Joel and Maxine McLain were Biddeford, Maine, residents.

Shaw was ejected from his vehicle in the accident, and was brought to Frisbie Memorial Hospital.

According to an affidavit by state police Trooper Christopher Storm, first responders on scene reported Shaw smelled like alcohol coming.

“He was asked how much alcoholic beverages he had consumed. He stated a few,” said the affidavit.

In addition, there were signs at the hospital that he was impaired, said the affidavit.

On April 17, a Strafford County Superior Court grand jury indicted Shaw on four negligent homicide charges in connection with the accident. Each charge is a Class B felony, carrying a maximum sentence of 3½ to 7 years in prison.

Two of the indictments allege Shaw caused the deaths of Joel and Maxine McLain by driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor. The other two indictments allege Shaw, while driving at a high rate of speed, drove off into the pavement on the right shoulder of the road, and then turned left, into the opposite lane of travel, causing the couple’s death.

Shaw is free on $25,000 personal recognizance bail. His arraignment is scheduled for May 1 at Strafford County Superior Court.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

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