Two public defenders are claiming that an adult, in payment for a roofing job, gave a vehicle that he knew to be unsafe to a 16-year-old from East Ryegate

Two public defenders are claiming that an adult, in payment for a roofing job, gave a vehicle that he knew to be unsafe to a 16-year-old from East Ryegate who then drove it and crashed it into a tree, resulting in the death of his 14-year-old girlfriend who was a passenger. A 16-year-old male passenger suffered serious injuries in the crash that occurred in October 2019 in Bath. The driver, Jeffrey Dumais, now 19, is facing multiple charges including negligent homicide. Dumais, then 16, was hitchhiking through Wells River in October 2019 when he was picked up by Longmore, who was familiar with Dumais’ grandfather. Longmore, she said, owned rental property in the area and hired Dumais to perform a roofing job on the property “at a fee substantially less than that quoted by other roofers” and without appearing “to have inquired whether Jeffrey was experienced, insured, or even an adult before employing him as a roofer.”  Longmore had acquired a 2008 Honda Ridgeline that was a trade-in at a car dealership that “credited the buyer a nominal amount of $250 because it was apparently not roadworthy and could not be restored to roadworthiness.”

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https://www.caledonianrecord.com/news/local/defense-claims-adult-gave-unsafe-car-to-teen-charged-in-fatal-crash/article_fdda03ae-fdca-56ea-a6bc-c27e11b8e4ae.html