Belfast woman indicted for manslaughter

Accused of killing passenger while operating under the influence
Sun, 07/17/2016 - 6:45pm

    BELFAST — A Belfast woman was indicted July 13 on six counts relating to a May 14 accident that left one passenger dead and two other seriously injured.

    The single vehicle accident occurred just after midnight on Lincolnville Avenue, causing the vehicle that four young people were traveling in to roll several times, according to Belfast Police Chief Michael McFadden.

    The operator, Chelsea Larrabee, 20, was subsequently charged with several crimes relating to the crash.

    “As a result of the investigation it became clear that several factors contributed [to the crash] and as a result the operator was charged,” McFadden said. He did not elaborate on the factors, citing the potential for a future jury trial. 

    According to court documents Larrabee was allegedly under the influence at the time of the accident, which resulted in the death of Christopher Wiley, 19. McFadden said it appears that Wiley was thrown from the vehicle during the crash. 

    Two other passengers in the vehicle, both under age 21, sustained serious bodily injury, though court documents did not elaborate on the nature of their injuries. 

    “Both have recovered, or are recovering,” McFadden said regarding the two seriously injured passengers. 

    Larrabee has been indicted for manslaughter, aggravated criminal operating under the influence (three counts), and driving to endanger (two counts).

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