An Old Orchard Beach man has been indicted on a charge of manslaughter and drunken driving in connection with a car crash that killed his friend.

Brian Roche, 32, was indicted this week by a York County grand jury in connection with the Oct. 26 crash in Arundel.

Roche was driving a white 2002 BMW west on Log Cabin Road near the Seashore Trolley Museum just before midnight when he came to a curve in the road and lost control on the wet road surface and hit a utility pole, according to a crash report by the York County Sheriff’s Office.

Wires were dangling around the vehicle when York County Sheriff’s deputies arrived, police said at the time.

The lone passenger, Bobby Hem, 26, of Sanford, was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the car. He died from head injuries, the report said.

Roche was taken by ambulance to Biddeford Medical Center and results of a blood test were pending when the crash report was done. His blood-alcohol level was not incldued in the indictment, other than to say it was greater than 0.08, the legal limit for driving in Maine.


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