Lincoln man accused of manslaughter charged with bail violations

Parker Gardner, 21, of Lincoln. (Penobscot County Sheriff's Office)

BANGOR (BDN) -- A Lincoln man charged with manslaughter in an off-road crash last year that killed a 19-year-old woman remained Monday night at the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor after being charged with four counts of violating his bail conditions by possessing alcohol.

Parker Gardner, 21, allegedly was drunk when driving an off-road vehicle at about 7:55 p.m. on May 27, 2017, in Lowell when it overturned. Abigail K. Fiske, 19, of Millinocket died at the scene on the WARP Road, the spokesman for the Maine Warden Service said last year.

Fiske, a student at Husson University, was the daughter of Thomas Fiske of Lincoln and Rachel Cyr of Millinocket.

Gardner allegedly operated the vehicle recklessly by driving it into a spin, causing it to flip onto its roof, according to court documents. Fiske was in the backseat of a 2017 Maverick X3 UTV, often called a side-by-side, when Parker allegedly tried to make a “power turn” before the vehicle flipped, according to the Bangor Daily News archives.

Less than two hours after the crash, Gardner’s blood alcohol level was 0.04 percent, District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said in July when Gardner was charged with manslaughter. Based on Gardner’s statements, the lab estimated it was 0.08 percent at the time of the crash, the legal limit for a 21-year-old to operate a vehicle, the prosecutor said.

Gardner has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter, two counts of operating an ATV under the influence of alcohol and reckless operation of an ATV.

A trial date has not been set.

Gardner is next due in court Dec. 10.

If convicted of the most serious charge of manslaughter, Gardner faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

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