Settlement Reached In Fatal Maine Hayride Accident Lawsuit


Mechanic Falls, ME – The lawsuit over the death of a Maine teen involved in a hayride crash has been settled.

A lawyer representing the family of 17-year-old Cassidy Charette who died in a 2014 hayride crash at Harvest Hills Farm says they have settled their lawsuit against the farm owner who operated the attraction. The settlement amount in the wrongful death lawsuit wasn’t disclosed.

The family says the money from the settlement will support the charity they established two years ago in honor of Cassidy. The ShineOnCass Foundation encourages young people to get involved in volunteering in their communities.

Charette lost her life and more than a dozen others were injured when the hay wagon on went out of control after a brake failure, causing the jeep towing the hayride to jack-knife and flip over. Prosecutors said the 1979 had numerous safety problems. The farm has since filed for bankruptcy and been sold at auction.