Driver faces charges in Taylor Darveau's death

BUCKSPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The driver in the car crash that killed Taylor Darveau has been charged with manslaughter and aggravated driving to endanger.

The court summonsed Samantha Goode Wednesday for the charges. She will be tried as a juvenile.

NEWS CENTER does not usually identify juveniles that are facing charges. However, we have decided to use Goode's name while discussing this story, due to the gravity of what happened in this case.

Goode was operating the vehicle that crashed into a tree on Bucksmills Rd., killing 15-year-old Darveau on Oct. 3, 2013.

Many details about the crash are still being withheld including what caused the crash. Since the case is pending investigators and prosecutors are not releasing their findings.

Hancock District Attorney Carletta Bassano said, "Again I really can't comment on the details of the investigation or how it has unfolded. There's been a lot of public interest as you know and it's always difficult when the public through the press wants to have details and we can't really say anything. But that is still where i;m at beyond the point that the decision has been taken."

The Darveau family has continued to be involved in the investigation and worked closely with the District Attorney's office.

Darveau's parents have said the accident could have been avoided, had their daughter not gotten in the passenger seat of a car, driven by a friend who had only had her drivers license for two months.

A six-month condition for new Maine drivers was coincidentally changed to 9 months the day of Taylor's funeral service, Oct. 9, 2013.


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