- Associated Press - Thursday, November 13, 2014

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) - An Anson man prosecutors say caused a head-on car crash that killed two people has pleaded not guilty to two counts of manslaughter.

Mark Schobel was arraigned Wednesday in Skowhegan District Court in connection with the February crash on Route 16 in Emden. His passenger, 22-year-old Jennifer Nile, of Embden, as well as a passenger in the other vehicle, 67-year-old Ruth Souweine, of Bangor, died.

Police say the 25-year-old Schobel was driving 70 miles per hour in a 50 mph zone when he hit an oncoming car while passing another vehicle.

Schobel’s lawyer says his client was seriously injured and spent weeks in the hospital. Attorney Walter Hanstein tells the Morning Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1wWm6oe ) that Schobel is “devastated” because he lost “one of his dearest friends” in the crash.

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Information from: Morning Sentinel, https://www.onlinesentinel.com/

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