A Hermon man who drove his van into the side of a building on Harlow Street in Bangor now faces manslaughter charges.

Stephen Fiddie, 50, made his first court appearance on Monday, charged with manslaughter, two counts of aggravated operating under the influence of intoxicants, two counts of driving to endanger, and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. The charges stem from an accident on Harlow Street last year that killed his son and seriously injured his wife.

The crash happened nearly a year ago, on August 22, when Fiddie's silver minivan ran headlong into a building located at 408 Harlow Street. Fiddie's wife, Holly, was sitting in the front seat and had to be extricated from the vehicle. She was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. His 10-year-old son, Micah, was removed from the backseat by first responders, who tried to save him. The child was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to the BDN, Stephen Fiddie, who was employed as a restaurant delivery driver, was allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine and other depressants at the time of the crash. He was arrested and is being held at the Penobscot County Jail.

If convicted of manslaughter, Fiddie faces up to 40 years in prison.

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