Charge dropped against mechanic in fatal hayride crash case

Some charges dropped in fatal hayride crash

AUBURN, Maine (AP) - Prosecutors have dropped a criminal charge against a mechanic who worked at a Maine farm at the time of a fatal hayride crash in exchange for his testimony against the business.

The Oct. 11, 2014, crash at Harvest Hill Farm in Mechanic Falls killed 17-year-old Cassidy Charette and injured several other people.

The Sun Journal (http://bit.ly/2eLyMND ) reports that the Androscoggin County District Attorney's Office had charged 39-year-old Philip Theberge of Norway with reckless conduct, a misdemeanor. Prosecutors dropped the case against Theberge on Friday.

Prosecutors also dismissed two of four criminal charges against the farm.

Theberge's attorney says prosecutors had told him they planned to offer his client immunity in exchange for testifying at the trial of Harvest Hill Farm, which is scheduled for next month in Wiscasset.

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Information from: Sun-Journal, http://www.sunjournal.com

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10/18/2016 3:41:46 AM (GMT -4:00)

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