ME corrections officer charged with manslaughter after allegedly falling asleep behind the wheel
A 9-year-old was killed in a Maine car accident after a corrections officer allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel
A corrections officer who caused a fatal crash after working consecutive 16-hour shifts was convicted of manslaughter on Thursday.
Kenneth Morang told police he fell asleep before his truck collided with a family that was returning home in their SUV after seeing "The Lion King" movie in July 2019. A 9-year-old, Raelynn Bell, died several days later.
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Prosecutors said Morang knew he was too tired to be driving, and admitted he'd been nodding off before the collision.
But the 64-year-old testified he wasn't sure about whether he fell asleep because he had no memory of the moments before the collision.
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Morang resigned from his job at the Cumberland County Jail because of the injuries he suffered in the crash prevented him from returning to work.