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Edgewater Man Charged In National Park Crash That Killed 3

Praneeth Manubolu, 28 of Edgewater.
Praneeth Manubolu, 28 of Edgewater. Photo Credit: Hancock County Jail

An Edgewater man who authorities said spent the night drinking at a local bar was charged with manslaughter after he crashed his car into a tree, killing three people, in Maine.

The vehicle driven by Praneeth Manubolu, 28, veered off the road shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday in Acadia National Park, documents on file in U.S. District Court in Portland say.

The three passengers who died in the accident were identified as Lenny Fuchs, 36, Laura Leong, 30, and Zeeshan Mohammed, 27, all of New York City.

Federal authorities said Manubolu, who called in the accident to police, is an Indian national living in Edgewater who could be deported if he's convicted in the crash.

“As a result of the crash, Praneeth Manubolu had a few cuts and scrapes,” the federal affidavit says. “Based upon skid marks and vehicle damage, it appears as though [he] was travelling well over the posted speed limit of 25 mph”

Manubolu was taken to a local hospital for treatment and arrested on the criminal complaint following his release, authorities said.

The prosecution is being handled federally because the crash occurred in a federal park.

A U.S. District Court judge ordered Manubolu held without bail pending a detention hearing scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 10.

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