Manslaughter case back in court



ELLSWORTH — A manslaughter case involving the death of an Eastbrook woman is scheduled for a Jan. 7 docket call in Hancock County Unified Court.

A docket call means the defense and prosecution will update a judge on the status of a case.

It’s been just over a year since the accident that claimed the life of Trudy Pickard, 54.

Pickard died Nov. 18 from injuries she sustained in a Nov. 15 crash on Route 200 in front of the Eastbrook Community Center, according to police.

Pickard and her husband, Scott, were passengers in a 2015 Ford F150 operated by Darlene Haslam, 54, of Eastbrook.

A grand jury last April indicted Haslam on charges of manslaughter, criminal operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant and driving to endanger.

The case had been scheduled for a motion to suppress hearing Wednesday, Dec. 5. However, Haslam’s attorney, Hunter J. Tzovarras of Bangor, had yet to file the motion and moved to continue the hearing.

A judge in the case stated in court records that the motion to continue is “moot” because the court directed that the motion be filed by Sept. 21.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office investigated the crash.

Chief Deputy Pat Kane said Haslam’s truck had been westbound on Route 200 when Haslam pulled the truck into the parking lot of the community center and began to spin around.

As Haslam spun around the lot, the truck struck a telephone pole guy-wire and accelerated and spun around again before crossing Route 200 and hitting a tree head-on, Kane said.

Both Haslam and another passenger, Matthew McDevitt, 38, of Eastbrook, had been wearing their seat belts. The Pickards had not, police said.

Jennifer Osborn

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