October 31, 2012

Lawyer of teen accused of texting in fatal crash tries to suppress statements

The Associated Press

PARIS — The lawyer for an Oxford teenager facing manslaughter charges for allegedly causing a car crash in West Paris that killed two friends has filed a motion to suppress statements made to police.

Passengers Rebecca Mason, 16, of West Paris and Logan Dam, 19, of Norway were killed in the crash on Jan. 7. A third passenger, Jacob Scaff, 22, of South Paris, was injured.

A lawyer for 19-year-old Kristina Lowe argues that when his client talked to a state trooper in the hospital the day after the crash, she was on strong painkillers and was not read her rights.

Police allege Lowe admitted to texting while driving at the time of the West Paris crash. Police say Lowe had also been drinking, smoking marijuana and was driving 75 mph.

Lowe pleaded not guilty.

Her lawyer blamed icy roads.

The Sun Journal reports that the prosecution and defense have until next week to submit information to the judge before he rules.

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