Bucksport Teen Charged in Deadly Crash to Lose License

Erica Stapleton

Updated 6 months ago

 

A Bucksport teen involved in a crash that killed a classmate in October will lose her license for three years.

17-year-old Samantha Goode is charged with manslaughter and aggravated driving to endanger.

She has not entered a plea on those charges.

She crashed her car into a tree, killing 15-year-old Taylor Darveau.

The Secretary of State’s office found Goode negligent, saying the accident could have been avoided. ¬†She has the right to a hearing regarding her license suspension.

Additionally, we’ve learned Goode’s attorney met with the District Attorney in the judge’s chambers this morning in Ellsworth.

The District Attorney says another meeting will take place next month.

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  • Mark Breidt

    ok that’s so far is fare. also on the other charges, I understand there is a death involved in this case. and yes this young driver accepted the laws of driving when she received her license. from what I have heard she is a very bright girl. and I understand that the other class mates are split between the 2 teens which is very sad. No matter the out come one family or the other isn’t going to be happy. As an outsider who knows neither of these girls and feels the entire blame shouldn’t be put on the driver. first we have hear say that the teen that passed was nagging her mother to let her go with this girl and hear say says she could go. then ya have the teen with the license who should have known better because it was against the law for her to have passengers. but then there is the hear say about the truck who was chasing them up central at high speeds. who was that? was the driver showing off and playing? or was the truck behind them messing with them. if this is true about the truck I as a human COULD NOT sit there and watch this poor girls life get ruined as the other teens did. if there was a truck in the matter of all this, be a man and stand up and take what you should get. not saying you caused the accident, but you did have something to do with the high speeds of the car in front of you.
    Yes there is a life lost, so why destroy another one. Is that what you want to do as revenge is to ruin the drivers life for ever as well. In my honest opinion I think the driver is feeling pretty crappy about what has happened and is never going to forget it.
    My opinion on punishment is the loss of license, 3 years is really not enough, maybe 5 would be better.
    not saying she doesn’t deserve some jail time, but why pull her out of school and make her suffer above the charges of the accident. summer is almost here. Let her go and do weekends at a county jail and wear a bracelet while she is out and have strict restrictions on hours she can be out of the home.
    YES that means no family vacations for the period of this, no fun activities such as going to the beach, amusement parks and such. She should spend time thinking why she has these punishments.
    Sending a young woman to jail for a long period of time isn’t going to change what happened.
    I understand the feeling of the parents that lost their child, but do they honestly really want this other teen that was their daughters best friend for years to go to jail. I am not saying make it easy for her, but for a period of time what ever the sentence comes out to be, the driver should have very tight restrictions.
    Jail is not going to do a thing for this girl

    • blackrider

      Don’t know where you heard about a truck? There was another car and is thought they were racing, I believe he is being charged as well.

    • momof4

      There was no truck. It was a black car and the other driver (who was the boyfriend of the girl who passed) was charged as well with imprudent speed and operating beyond restrictions and is currently suspended as well. His charges are probably not publicized because they are not felonies. I too feel that he should MAN UP and take some blame. He obviously wasn’t much of a person to race a car risking his girlfriends life and then he has sat back and watched the other driver take all the blame. A coward. But the fact is, even if he did step forward to speak the truth, the death did not happen in his car. The charges would probably still be the same for BOTH drivers. The quicker this case is resolved the sooner both sides can attempt to move forward. Noone will ever win here.

    • Indigenous_Woman

      Seriously?

      You stated “She should spend time thinking why she has these punishments.”
      But, how can you guarentee that she will even spend one moment doing that?

      You also said: “not saying she doesn’t deserve some jail time, but why pull her out of school and make her suffer above the charges of the accident. summer is almost here. Let her go and do weekends at a county jail and wear a bracelet while she is out and have strict restrictions on hours she can be out of the home.”
      And if she breaks those rules as she has in the past? SO WHAT if she misses out on school! Or the summer, or fall or winter! The kid she killed isn’t going to have a chance to enjoy any of those seasons any longer. Put her in jail where she belongs. She killed someone by intentionally breaking the law, not once but twice.

      “I am not saying make it easy for her, but for a period of time what ever the sentence comes out to be, the driver should have very tight restrictions. Jail is not going to do a thing for this girl”

      You ARE making it easy for her! It should not be easy at all! Not for a single moment. And jail IS for her. It’s where they put killers. It’s where she will have lots of time to think about why she is there and perhaps that will force her to see how serious this is. Maybe, it will also show more teens just how they could be dealt with if they follow in this Sammatha’s footsteps. And, she will always remember that she went to jail, why she went to jail and the CONSEQUENCES BREAKING LAWS brings. Taylor may be dead, but Sammantha should have to live with that AND the consequences.
      Maybe, just maybe if the courts didn’t just slap this kid on the wrist and sent a very stern message, it might save more teens lives, and the lives of innocent people who are also on the road!

      ( I don’t know either party or their families, and I know this can’t be easy for any of them, but too many get away – in this case literally- with murder.)

  • T H

    This is a very sad case. But she did kill someone totally by her own actions. letting her get off from murder would not be right. She should remain in custody until she turns 21.

    • ptig78d

      This accident happened just up the road (1/4 mile) from my house. Had I not been working at PCJ that night, I would have responded to the call as I am also on the BFD. This tragedy has affected the students at BHS and the entire community. It is very sad. I agree that there should be consequences as a young life was ended, but the charge is Manslaughter, not Murder. Murder implies that it was premeditated, which this wasn’t. This was a tragedy that occurred as a result of some bad choices on the part of all parties.

  • polly

    I AGREE SHE SHOULD BE ABLE TO DRIVE FOR A LONG TIME AND SHE SHOULD GO TO JAIL SHE DID KILL SOMEONE RIGHT

  • Indigenous_Woman

    3 years is nothing, it should be 6 in the least, or better yet, never allow her to drive in Maine again. Someone died in her car. That child Taylor will never grow up, and never have the “priviledge” of driving in Maine. Frankly, I am sick and tired of the whining about how she made a mistake but she will have to pay for it the rest of her life. NO she won’t! She will go on with her life and forget all about it, UNLESS she is punished with jail time and a sentence of murder. Sammantha consciously allowed another kid to ride with her which was against the law, she was speeding and racing, which was also against the law and she should be charged with murder since she had such a blantant disregard for the law. Allowing her to obtain another license in this state will allow her to be yet another repeat offender. And who will she kill this time, a whole family perhaps?

    No one wants their child made an example of. But this attitude of not caring what the laws are, thinking they know better and doing what they please is an all too common attitude and dilemma with teens. It’s time to send home the message that you WILL NOT get a slap on the wrist, you WILL NOT disregard the laws, you DO NOT KNOW BETTER, and you cannot do whatever you please. What kind of message does it send to merely say she has “suffered enough”, “paid her dues”, or “she will have to live with this all of her life so give her a break”? No, no and NO! Fine her, suspend her license in Maine for life, and give her the sentence of jail time, no time suspended when she is found guilty of murder. This WAS intentional by allowing Taylor to get in the car/killling machine. She made the decision to get into the car, yes. However, she’s dead as a result of her mistake. I’d say THAT Is punishment enough for that girl. The only driving that should be done is driving the message home to this Sammantha by giving her the full charge and sentence.

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