Jury Selection Begins Ahead Of Trial For Driver Of Haunted Hayride Crash

Cassidy Charette remembered for service

WEST BATH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - -  Attorneys are expected to pick a jury Monday at the Bath District Court for the driver of the haunted hayride that crashed and killed Cassidy Charette in October of 2014 at Harvest Hill Farms, according to the Sagadahoc County Superior Court Clerk. 

Police said David Brown faces misdemeanor reckless conduct charges. 

UThe trial will start Thursday. September 22, 2016 and is expected to run through Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at Sagadahoc County Superior Court in Bath, according to the Superior Court Clerk.

Attorneys are expected to pick a jury Monday at West Bath District Court for a trial that is slated to start Thursday at Sagadahoc County Superior Court in Bath. That trial could last as long as four days, court clerks said.

OAKLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — A civil lawsuit has been filed by the parents of 17-year-old Cassidy Charette of Oakland who died on Oct. 11, 2014, in a hayride crash at Harvest Hill Farms.

Portland law firm Berman & Simmons filed the wrongful death lawsuit against the Mechanic Falls farm Wednesday morning in Kennebec County.

Here's the full statement from Cassidy's parents, Monica and Randy Charette, also of Oakland:

The absence of Cassidy in our lives will never heal with time, accountability, compensation, or conviction. Nothing can bring her back. The civil lawsuit we filed today is an opportunity for education and change. If it can raise awareness that will prevent even one family from enduring such an unfathomable loss, then the lawsuit is necessary and worthwhile.

Any financial compensation we receive will be thoughtfully used to extend into the world the love and compassion we know Cassidy would have given, if she were here.

In that spirit, and with support from family, friends, and our community, we are establishing the ShineOnCass Foundation. This public charity will not only sustain, but will propel Cassidy’s spirit, her hopes and dreams, far into the future.

Cassidy was unique in the way she shared genuine kindness with everyone around her. Very early in life, she found her passion was simply, and humbly, caring for others. We are heartbroken for her many friends, and most especially her brother, Colby, whose future with his only sibling and best friend will never be. What we are all left with are cherished memories and wonderment of all Cass would have become, and the lives she continues to positively influence with her own.

Cass wrote her own legacy, by the words she chose, the actions she took and the love she shared. Her legacy will Shine On

Cassidy was a top academic student in her junior class at Messalonskee High School athlete when she died as a result of the 2014 hayride incident.

Since her passing, a slogan, "#ShineOnCass," has emerged, providing a common phrase friends, family and community members can collectively remember Cassidy through. #ShineOnCass has since been featured on bumper stickers, athletic uniforms, t-shirts and throughout social media.

Copyright 2016 WCSH


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