State seeks 10-year sentence for driver in fatal Route 52 crash

By Ben Holbrook | Mar 10, 2017

Belfast — A Belfast woman will be sentenced next month for her role in a May 14 crash that resulted in the death of a 19-year-old man.

Chelsea Larrabee, 20, of Belfast, pleaded guilty March 3 to one count of manslaughter, one count of driving to endanger, and two counts of aggravated criminal operating under the influence, each of which is a felony charge, Waldo County Assistant District Attorney Neil McLean said.

She is scheduled to be sentenced April 6. McLean said the state is recommending a 10-year sentence with all but 42 months suspended, which will be followed by four years of probation. Because that is only a recommendation, a different sentence could be imposed, McLean noted.

On May 14, 2016, Larrabee was driving west on Lincolnville Avenue (Route 52) in a 2008 Pontiac passenger car shortly after midnight when her vehicle started to drift off the road to the right, police said. She over-corrected and the vehicle traveled off the left side of the road before rolling through a field.

The posted speed limit in the area where the crash occurred, about 500 feet from the Belfast/Northport line, is 45 mph, but police estimated Larrabee was driving at least 80 mph, according to published reports.

A passenger in the vehicle, 19-year-old Christopher Wiley, was ejected from the vehicle and suffered a head injury. He later died at Eastern Maine Medical Center. Another passenger, Cheyenne Larrabee, 23, was partially ejected and suffered broken bones and internal injuries.

Neither Wiley nor Cheyenne Larrabee was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Chelsea Larrabee and Carl C. McIntire, 24, were taken to Waldo County General Hospital to be treated for non-incapacitating injuries following the crash, police said.

 

 

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