BAR HARBOR — The district attorney’s office says a Virginia man drove a “vast” number of miles with little rest before a fatal crash in a restaurant parking lot in Bar Harbor.
Police say they charged Justin Shell, 36, of Rockingham, Virginia, with manslaughter, driving to endanger and reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon because he knew he was tired at the time of the crash on Tuesday. Court documents indicated he also may have suffered a medical problem.
A judge set bail at $5,000 Wednesday during Shell’s initial court appearance.
Connie Birkenmeier, 76, of Bar Harbor was killed and several vehicles were damaged when Shell’s pickup truck drifted off Route 3 and into the parking lot of the Chart Room restaurant.
The defense contends the crash was a tragedy, not a crime.
Source: Portland pressProsecutors: Driver charged in fatal crash in Bar Harbor was fatigued