FARMINGTON – Ryan Hurd’s manslaughter trial continues Tuesday with testimony from an accident reconstructionist and a psychologist expected to explain what being black-out drunk means.

Hurd, 23, of Lincoln, is accused of driving drunk and losing control of his Pontiac Gran Prix before it struck a utility pole and rolled over on Route 27 in New Vineyard on Oct. 17, 2007. A Dover-Foxcroft man was killed and a co-worker and Hurd were seriously injured.

Hurd’s attorney said his client was black-out drunk and doesn’t remember what happened. State prosecutors and a witness say Hurd was driving.

State police have testified the driver lost control on a corner going 98 miles per hour and struck the pole going 86 miles per hour.

All three men were working for a contractor on the Poland Spring Bottling Plant in Kingfield at the time. The three started drinking after work and continued into the early morning hours the next day, according to testimony.

Testimony will continue at 9 a.m., May 26, when the trial resumes at the Franklin County Superior Court.


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