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Truck Driver In Tess Meisel's Death Loses Appeal

WESTPORT, Conn. – The driver of the truck that killed 12-year-old Westport resident Tess Meisel last August in Maine is set to have his license suspended for three years, the Morning Sentinel newspaper in Maine reports .

The truck driver, 54-year-old Charles Willey of Dexter, Maine, recently lost an appeal he filed on May 31 against the suspension. The hearing examiner wrote in his findings that Willey "negligently operated a motor vehicle in a manner so as to cause the death of another person,” the Sentinel reports.

In the Aug. 17 crash, Willey’s truck, which was hauling sawdust, tipped over and crushed the rear of a minivan carrying children from Camp Jewell YMCA in Connecticut. Tess was seated in the rear row of the minivan, which was traveling back from Acadia National Park.

An accident investigation showed Willey was driving 11 mph over the posted speed limit prior to the accident. No criminal charges were brought against him.

Willey can appeal the hearing examiner’s decision within 30 days at superior court. To read the full Morning Sentinel story, click here .

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