A Maine teenager was sentenced to only 10 days in prison after pleading guilty to a manslaughter charge this week. The teenager, 17-year-old Samantha Goode, crashed into a tree at 75 mph while reportedly racing friends in another car. The crash killed her passenger and classmate, Taylor Darveau (pictured).
At Goode's sentencing hearing on Friday, prosecutor Carletta Bassano remarked on the seriousness of the case.
“It doesn’t get more serious than this,” Bassano said, according to the Bangor Daily News. “[Driving] is not a video game. It’s not something where you go off the track and can start over again.”
Goode, Darveau, and two other friends were leaving a spaghetti dinner on October 3, 2013 when the crash happened. Goode and Darveau were in one car, and their friends were in another. The two parties joked about racing prior to getting in their cars, and within minutes they were zooming through the town of Bucksport.
When Goode crashed into a tree, she was going over 75 mph in a 45 mph zone. The passenger side of her car struck the tree, killing Darveau.
Goode's 10-day prison sentence drew mixed reactions when it was announced on Friday. Darveau's grandmother, Trish Umphrey, thought it wasn't long enough.
“I wouldn’t want to see [Goode] go to to jail for six or eight or 10 years for it, you know, but she should have gone to jail for longer than 10 days,” Umphrey said.
Presiding Judge Bruce Mallonee reasoned that the sentence was intended to punish Goode without damaging her life prospects.
“One lost teenager is enough,” he said.