A Winthrop woman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a charge of causing the death of a woman while driving with a suspended license.
Alyssa Danielle Marcellino, 23, of Winthrop, was indicted on that charge as well as one accusing her of causing serious bodily injury while driving with a suspended license.
Marcellino was involved in a head-on crash March 6 in Monmouth that killed 69-year-old Joan L. Fortier and seriously injured Fortier’s sister, Gene Potter, 70, both of Mount Vernon.
Marcellino, who also was injured in that crash, was arrested Monday morning on the charges. She was arraigned in Waterville District Court via videoconference from the Kennebec County jail on those two charges and six other driving violation charges — including operating without a license and operating after suspension in connection with a March 30 crash in Sidney. She also was arraigned on a separate indictment that charged her with theft of a firearm that allegedly occurred Feb. 19 in Augusta.
She entered pleas of not guilty to all the charges, according to Andrew T. Dawson, who represented her as attorney of the day. She is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail on the driving charges and $5,000 on the theft charge. Bail arguments will be held once Marcellino gets a court-appointed attorney.
The charge of causing death while driving with a suspended or revoked license carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail, as does the theft charge.
While in jail Monday afternoon, Marcellino was served with a summons from Winthrop police charging her with forgery and violating conditions of release. No additional information was immediately available about those charges.
A spokeswoman for the Maine Department of the Secretary of State said at the time of the March 6 crash that Marcellino’s license had been suspended as a result of a conviction for operating without a license. She had paid a $300 fine but had not yet paid a fee to reinstate her driver’s license, the spokeswoman said.