Woman pleads guilty to manslaughter in fatal normal hill crash

The woman responsible for a fatal collision last fall in Lewiston’s Normal Hill area has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Investigators say on November 2, 2021, 32-year-old Jayne Carr was driving a Pontiac G6 sedan west on Ninth Avenue and failed to stop at a stop sign. She struck 60-year-old Linda Dupuis of Peck, who was driving a Honda Civic north on Eighth Street. The Honda struck a tree, and Carr’s vehicle hit an unoccupied Kia, which then pushed into an unoccupied Nissan, both parked along the road.

Dupuis was pronounced dead at the scene and Carr had to be extricated from the vehicle before being taken to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

According to the probable cause affidavit, an analysis of the airbag control unit in Carr’s vehicle showed it was traveling at 96 mph. The speed limit on Ninth Avenue is 25 mph. Lab analysis of Carr’s blood taken just after the collision was allegedly positive for methamphetamine.

Carr faces a minimum of five years in jail, with a maximum of 10 years, a 10-year suspension of her driver’s license and restitution costs to be determined at sentencing, which is scheduled for December 29th. (Lewiston Tribune)