Courtesy: Oxford County Jail
LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - A Teenager accused of causing a deadly crash after drinking and texting made her first court appearance today.
19-year old Kristina Lowe of Oxford is facing several serious charges including 2-counts of manslaughter. Two of her passengers, 16-year old Becca Mason and 19-year old Logan Dam, were killed when the car Lowe was driving crashed off Route 219 in West Paris back in January. Lowe and another passenger suffered minor injuries.
Investigators believe it is one of the first cases in Maine where texting played a major role in a vehicle fatality.
Today Lowe was arraigned via video from the Oxford County Jail, with the judge seated in Lewiston District Court. She did not enter a plea. Her attorney and the prosecution reached an agreement to have her released from jail on 50-thousand dollars bail.
Lowe's alcohol level was not above the legal limit for an adult, however people under 21 cannot have any alcohol in their system while driving.Because of that she's also facing a charge of aggravated OUI. Her case will be presented to a grand Jury next month.
Parents of the two victims were inside the court room watching the proceedings over the video monitor.
"With the items she's been charged with I think an example needs to be set for young people out there, that there are very serious consequences when you get behind the wheel of an automobile, not only for yourself but the people riding with you. It can change your life dramatically as well as the families of those riding with you", said Jerrold Mason, Becca Mason's father.
Jerrold Mason has been very vocal about this case in hopes that it will send a message to other young drivers. He worked with the Secretary of State on new rules for young drivers that were recently signed by Governor LePage.