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Arrest Made in a Female Student’s Hit-and-run Death

Garrett Cheney, 23, was arrested by Maine State Police in Orono on the morning of June 22nd and charged with manslaughter, criminal operating under the influence of drunk driving, and leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in serious bodily injury. Cheney was sentenced to a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison. The bail was set at $50,000 surety or $20,000 cash. Cheney posted the $50,000 surety on the afternoon of the day that he was arrested.

On Jan. 29th around 11 p.m., Cheney drove his blue 2003 Chevrolet Silverado to Middle St. to celebrate his cousin’s 21st birthday. They visited a couple of bars and drank before he allegedly hit Jordyn Bakley on his ride back home. Cheney headed south on Interstate 95 and exited the highway about 3:30 a.m. in Etna. The damaged pickup was towed to the storage lot of a Newport towing firm.

Bakley’s body was found by a newspaper deliveryman in front of 15 Middle St. the next morning. The state medical examiner’s autopsy found that the death was caused by multiple blunt force trauma Two hours after Cheney’s pickup left I-95, his blood alcohol level still reached 0.15, nearly twice the legal limit. On Feb. 9, Orono and state police, accompanied by representatives from the state Medical Examiner’s Office and the Police Crime Laboratory, searched Cheney’s truck. A crime lab report stated the debris found at the scene of Bakley’s death had originated from Cheney’s vehicle.

A serious car accident can leave an injured victim helpless and traumatized. If you or your loved ones have been injured in a car accident in Los Angeles, call Heimanson & Wolf at 310-446-1522 to speak to our senior accident attorney today.

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