BANGOR – A Lincoln man charged with manslaughter in connection with a deadly ATV crash from more than two years ago pleaded guilty Tuesday to lesser charges.
According to police, Parker Gardner, 22, was operating an ATV while under the influence of alcohol in May of 2017. He crashed the vehicle in Lowell, killing his 19-year-old passenger, Abigail Fiske.
Gardner’s plea agreement dismisses his manslaughter charge but convicts him on charges of felony aggravated OUI on an ATV causing death, reckless operation of an ATV and four counts of violating his bail.
“You know what we think what we did here was appropriate. We think it’s a good way to resolve this case. It’s an open plea, which means the judge is free to give whatever sentence he feels is appropriate here. And Abby’s family will be able to be heard and speak their piece about what should happen,” Penobscot County Assistant District Attorney Christopher Almy said.
Gardner remains in custody and is scheduled to return to court on Sept. 6 for sentencing.