December 04, 2019
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Corrections officer indicted in crash that killed 9-year-old Maine girl

Courtesy of CBS 13
Courtesy of CBS 13
A 9-year-old girl was killed in a car crash in Gorham in July.

PORTLAND — A man was indicted this month in connection with a crash that killed a 9-year-old girl in July in Gorham.

Kenneth Morang, 62, was indicted by the Cumberland County Grand Jury on a charge of manslaughter.

Morang was a corrections officer at the Cumberland County Jail at the time of the crash.

He had clocked out about 30 minutes before the crash, the Portland Press Herald reports. Morang had worked 88 hours at the jail since July 14, with one day off. The newspaper reports that he had just finished a nearly 16-hour shift the day of the crash.

Morang resigned from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office earlier this month, as he was injured in the crash and had not yet returned to work, Sheriff Kevin J. Joyce said in a statement released Thursday.

Joyce also said that the Sheriff’s Office and corrections union are in negotiations to develop an overtime policy that doesn’t limit an employee’s desire to work, while also fulfilling the needs of the employer.

“There is no documented guidance on the optimum number of hours that an employee should/shouldn’t work overtime,” Joyce said. “Research indicates that there is no federal or state law that governs the maximum hours of overtime an employee should work for their safety or anyone else’s safety.”

The Sheriff’s Office is also planning to have an expert give a presentation on the dangers of sleep deprivation and how it affects individuals differently, Joyce said.

Police say Morang was driving a pickup truck on Route 25 on July 21 when he rear-ended a car, pushing it into oncoming traffic.

Raelynn Bell, who was a passenger in the car, died from her injuries at a hospital on July 24.

Officials say Morang was indicted by the Cumberland County Grand Jury but a prosecutor from the York County District Attorney’s Office will be on the case because Morang is a Cumberland County employee.

 



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