WALDOBORO, Maine — A Waldoboro man whose pickup truck crashed in Jefferson, paralyzing one passenger and breaking the neck of another, will serve nine months in jail after pleading guilty to operating under the influence and aggravated driving to endanger.
Matthew Springer, 24, was operating a Ford Ranger southbound on Goose Hill Road in Jefferson on March 12, 2013, when he failed to negotiate a corner and struck a utility pole, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Lt. Rand Maker said at the time.
Maker listed Travis Condon, then 22, and Brandon Maddocks, then 18, both of Washington, as riding in the bed of the pickup, and Felicia Glidden, then 19, of Washington and Christopher Benner, then 20, of Damariscotta in the cab.
Springer “lost control of the vehicle as he approached a sharp corner, misjudged it and drove off the road, and ran into a utility pole,” wrote Andrews Campbell, one of Springer’s attorneys, in a sentencing memorandum.
Springer had been drinking alcohol and tested at a blood alcohol content of 0.09, and had smoked from a bowl of marijuana at the time, Campbell wrote.
The crash occurred on Springer’s birthday, according to court documents.
Condon was thrown from the vehicle, suffering serious back injuries, and Glidden suffered serious head injuries, Maker said at the time.
According to Campbell’s memorandum, Glidden broke her neck in the crash but fully recovered, while Condon was paralyzed from the waist down.
“The injustice and tragic consequence of the event is tragic as it is undeniable,” Campbell wrote. “Guilt and remorse will remain with Mr. Springer the rest of his life.”
Springer has since met with a substance abuse counselor at least once per month, worked toward completing his GED, attended at least one Alcoholics Anonymous meeting per week and changed his lifestyle, Campbell wrote.
Springer pleaded guilty to both Class C felonies on May 29, and was sentenced to four years imprisonment with all but nine months suspended, followed by two years probation for the OUI charge and nine months in prison for the aggravated driving to endanger charge, with the sentences to be served concurrently.
Springer’s driver’s license was suspended for six years, and he will be required to pay $2,675 in fines.
Springer had a previous juvenile OUI offense, according to Campbell’s memorandum.
A call to Campbell for comment was not returned.