Jury Finds TN Truck Driver Guilty of Causing Fatal Crash

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ROCKLAND, Maine (WABI) - After about three hours of deliberations over two days, a jury in Rockland returned with a guilty verdict against 55-year old Randall Weddle.

Police say Weddle was drunk when his truck carrying lumber started a crash involving several cars on Route 17 in Washington in March of 2016.

45-year-old Christina Torres-York of Warren and 74-year-old Paul Fowles of Owls Head were killed.

"It is a huge relief that the jury viewed our case in the same way we did and that they concluded that this defendant's actions, that Randy Weddle's actions, were gross negligent, criminally negligent, and reckless and that because of his actions, those two people are dead," said District Attorney Jon Liberman.

Tuesday morning, the jury asked for testimony to be read back regarding commercial trucking laws. An hour later, the jury came back to announce its guilty verdict.

Prosecutors say the families of the victims were relieved by the decision.

"These situations are always bittersweet because there's nothing that can really happen that can actually undo what went wrong. There's nothing that can happen that can bring back any of the people that died. But we are thrilled with the verdict, we're very happy that justice was done."

The trial consisted of five days of testimony from witnesses and experts describing the crash, toxicology reports, and commercial trucking laws.

Liberman says they were wary not to overwhelm the jury with too much information.

"I think that's always a concern with these types of cases. They're very complicated, they always involve testimony from a lot of witnesses, but in this particular case, all of the investigators from day one took this seriously."

Liberman says nothing can undo the damage done by the crash, but he hopes a case like this serves as a learning experience to drivers.

"Whenever people read about things like this, I hope what goes through their minds is that they're going to be careful the next time they're in a situation where they're tempted to maybe drive home after they've had a little bit too much to drink. I hope that it influences them to think, 'you know, I don't want to be responsible for something like that and I'm going to be more careful.'”

We reached out to Weddle's attorneys, but they declined to comment.

Weddle's sentencing has been scheduled for March 29th at 9 o'clock.