January 24, 2019
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Man accused of killing relative in Alton crash indicted for manslaughter

Courtesy Penobscot County Sheriff's Office | BDN
Courtesy Penobscot County Sheriff's Office | BDN
Tyler Creighton

The man accused of causing an Alton crash that killed his brother’s mother-in-law in November was indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County grand jury.

The charges were manslaughter, aggravated criminal operating under the influence of intoxicants, driving to endanger and violation of condition of release.

Tyler Creighton, 25, of Medford allegedly was texting when he struck and killed Robin Gardner, 63, of LaGrange in Alton on Nov. 24, 2017. He was returning from a methadone clinic in Bangor when the crash took place at about 7:37 a.m. on Route 16.

His attorney, David Bate of Bangor, declined Wednesday to comment on the charges.

Creighton is the half-brother of Gardner’s son-in-law, Alex Creighton.

Tragedy soon struck the Gardner family again. Robin Gardner’s only son, Alexander Gardner, 35, of LaGrange, was found dead in his pickup truck a week later, on the same road where his mother died. His truck struck a tree less than a mile from where Creighton’s vehicle collided with Robin Gardner’s.

Creighton is next due in court in Bangor on March 6. He has been held at the Penobscot County Jail since his arrest on the day of the crash unable to post $10,000 cash bail. At the time of the crash, he was on bail for an Oct. 23 OUI charge in Piscataquis County, which still is pending.

If convicted of manslaughter, the most serious charge, Creighton faces up to 30 years in prison and a $50,000 fine. He also could be ordered to pay restitution to Gardner’s family for funeral costs.

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