BAR HARBOR — The district attorney’s office says a Virginia man drove a “vast” number of miles with little rest before a fatal crash in a restaurant parking lot in Bar Harbor.

Police say they charged Justin Shell, 36, of Rockingham, Virginia, with manslaughter, driving to endanger and reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon because he knew he was tired at the time of the crash on Tuesday. Court documents indicated he also may have suffered a medical problem.

A judge set bail at $5,000 Wednesday during Shell’s initial court appearance.

Connie Birkenmeier, 76, of Bar Harbor was killed and several vehicles were damaged when Shell’s pickup truck drifted off Route 3 and into the parking lot of the Chart Room restaurant.

The defense contends the crash was a tragedy, not a crime.


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