Dump truck driver found not guilty for Sanford accident
SANFORD (WGME) -- The man accused of causing the death of a Sanford teenager has been found not guilty.
Mark Stuart was charged with manslaughter after police say he hit and killed 15-year-old Corey Cabana while driving a dump truck.
A judge decided Monday there wasn't enough evidence to prove Stuart was reckless or criminally negligent, despite reports that the brakes on the truck he was driving were not working properly.
The grief-stricken Cabana family feels they've been dealt another blow.
No one is being held responsible for Corey Cabana's death.
Now, we have to go on without closure and healing without justice for Corey, said his mother Patty Cabana.
A judge found Mark Stuart not guilty of manslaughter, saying the evidence didn't prove criminal negligence.
Stuart was accused of driving an uninspected dump truck with faulty brakes when he hit and killed the teen in July 2012.
Their expert witness said he never couldve stopped, but our expert witness said there was plenty of time to stop, explained Cabanas sister, Hayleigh.
Cabana's friends, who should have been in school Monday, instead were lighting candles at his memorial.
I tried to go back to school but I couldn't even handle it, said Cabanas best friend Tiana Cheney.
Patty Cabana says since the day of the accident, Mark Stuart has never reached out to her family.
She says its too late and now she hopes their paths never cross.
Mark Stuart can see his family as much as he wants, can hug his children, but Corey cant come home, we dont get to hug him, she said.
Its a painful void that will never be filled completely, but one that hurts just a little less these days.
Corey's nephew, Mason Corey Moreau, was born in January.
He is the light of my life, Patty said.
A new light, helping this family find joy in their darkest days.
He makes us smile, each one of us, it gives us a reason, she said.
Mark Stuarts attorney Peter DeTroy issued a statement, saying in part: "Mr. Stuart and the rest of the Stuart family are gratified by the verdict of not guilty. They are also deeply appreciative of the support from members of the community."
Prosecutors at the York County District Attorneys Office wouldnt go on camera, but say they respect the judges decision in what they call a full and fair trial.