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Former New Jersey Resident Sentenced to 41 Months in Connection with Acadia National Park Triple Vehicular Fatality

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maine

BANGOR, Maine: An Indian national man was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Bangor today for three counts of manslaughter, two counts of operating under the influence (OUI), and one count of unsafe operation of a motor vehicle, U.S. Attorney Darcie N. McElwee announced.

U.S. District Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. sentenced Praneeth Manubolu, 30, to 41 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release. Manubolu pleaded guilty on January 31, 2022.

According to court records, in the early morning hours of August 31, 2019, Manubolu, then living in New Jersey on a student visa, was the driver in a motor vehicle crash on the Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park that injured him and killed his three passengers. Subsequent investigation revealed that Manubolu had been drinking earlier in the evening. His blood alcohol content was determined to be .095% approximately 90 minutes after the crash with the legal limit being .08%. The investigation also revealed that Manubolu’s car was traveling 76 mph approximately three seconds before impact. The speed limit on the section of Park Loop Road where the crash occurred was 25 mph. 

The National Park Service and the Bar Harbor Police Department investigated the case with the assistance of the Maine State Police and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.

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Raphaelle Silver
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0319

Updated July 8, 2022