One year after hayride tragedy, Cassidy’s light shines on

Oct. 12, 2015

One year after she was killed during a haunted hayride, Cassidy Charette’s remarkable life and spirit continue to be celebrated by her family, friends, and community.

WGME CBS 13 News produced an uplifting segment titled “Shine on Cass,” featuring interviews with her soccer teammates and coaches, and another segment featuring an interview with Cassidy’s younger brother, Colby.

WMTW ABC 8 covered the news as volunteers worked on construction of “Cassidy’s Kitchen” at Hart-to-Hart farm camp in Albion. Click here to see the segment. WMTW also reported on students at Mount Merici Academy in Waterville, who are honoring school graduate Cassidy through a program aimed at volunteering and spreading her legacy.

Cassidy, 17, was riding on a wagon that went out of control and flipped at Harvest Hill Farms in the town of Mechanic Falls on Oct. 11, 2014. She was killed and many others were seriously injured. Cassidy was an honor student and a gifted athlete at Messalonskee High School in Oakland, Maine.

Jodi Nofsinger and Daniel Kagan, attorneys with the Berman & Simmons law firm, represent Cassidy’s parents, Monica and Randy Charette. The attorneys have filed notices of claim with several corporations that operate as Harvest Hill Farms as well as the farm owner and the operator of the Jeep. Criminal charges are pending against Harvest Hill Farms, Inc. the driver of the Jeep, and a mechanic who worked on the vehicle.