Maine media highlight ShineOnCass Foundation in wake of settlement

The settlement of a wrongful death lawsuit in connection with a fatal hayride crash in 2014 was reported by media outlets throughout Maine and around the nation last week. The news stories highlighted the establishment of the ShineonCass Foundation, a charitable organization created by the victim’s family.

Cassidy Charette, 17, was an honor student and standout athlete at Messalonskee High School in Oakland, Maine. On Oct. 11, 2014, she and some friends went to “The Gauntlet” at Harvest Hill Farm, a popular haunted hayride attraction in the town of Mechanic Falls. Cassidy died when a 1979 Jeep and the wagon it was towing went out of control and flipped while traveling down a hill.

Berman & Simmons attorneys Jodi Nofsinger and Daniel Kagan represented the Charette family in the civil lawsuit.

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“This case has always been about accountability, and I’m pleased the defendants have been held accountable, first in the criminal court and now with the resolution of the civil case,” Nofsinger said. “I’ve had the honor and privilege of representing Cassidy’s parents, Monica and Randy Charette. They are the definition of courage and grace.”