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Man charged with manslaughter following crash

HULLS COVE - A man from Virginia has been charged with manslaughter following a deadly accident Tuesday morning in Hulls Cove.

 Police say it was around 11:45 a.m. when Connie Birkenmeier, 76, was struck while in the parking lot of the Chart Room Restaurant on Route 3. 

 

The Bar Harbor woman was pronounced dead at the scene. 

 

The truck was driven by Justin Shell, 36, of Harrisonburg, Virginia. He was brought to the hospital to be checked out for non-life threatening injuries. 

 

He was then arrested and charged with aggravated driving to endanger and manslaughter. 

 

Police said Shell had been traveling on Route 3 when he drifted from the roadway and into the parking lot. That's where he struck a parked motor vehicle before hitting Mrs. Birkenmeier.  The truck then hit several other vehicles before also striking the restaurant. 

 

The crash remains under investigation. 

 

Shell is being held at the Hancock County Jail. 

Craig Colson

News Director/Producer/Anchor
ccolson@wvii.com

Craig Colson became news director and anchor at WVII ABC 7 and WFVX Fox Bangor in December of 2012. He began his career in broadcasting in 1985 while working as a news photographer at another Bangor television station. Craig worked his way up through the ranks and became the main anchor for the nightly newscasts before leaving in 2009. At that point, he became news director for four local radio stations and delivered the morning news before taking on his current position.

Craig grew up in a "news family" and followed in the footsteps of his father who was also a news director and anchor. His brother is also a news photographer at a Boston television station.

Craig's career has brought him all over-reporting from everywhere from Washington D.C. to Red Square in Moscow, Russia. When he isn't reporting the news, Craig can be found taking on new adventures with his two daughters or exploring the coast of Maine in his kayak. His other passion is making furniture in his shop or just about anything involving the outdoors.

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