18-year-old Charged with Manslaughter 

An 18-year-old motorist faces a manslaughter charge in last summer’s death of an elderly Skowhegan man who was struck and killed by a car while operating a riding lawn mower in front of his home.

James Paine of Norridgewock was arrested Friday after the Somerset County grand jury handed up the manslaughter indictment arising from the August 20th death of 87-year-old Bernard Currier.

Paine was being held at the Somerset County Correctional Facility in lieu of 10,000 dollars cash bail or 40,000 dollars in property.

The prosecution said the case could go to trial in the spring or early summer.

At the time of the crash, police said Paine was headed west on Parkman Hill Road when his car skidded out of control and struck Currier, who was thrown from the mower and pronounced dead at the scene. Police said speed appeared to be a factor.