BANGOR – A suppression hearing has been scheduled for an Atlanta man charged in the rollover deaths of three hiking buddies at Acadia National Park over Labor Day weekend.
Praneeth Manubolu, 28, was indicted on three charges of manslaughter, two charges of drunk driving and one count of unsafe operation. He is asking a federal judge to throw out a blood sample drawn from him during the early morning hours of Aug. 31, 2019, just hours after the fatal crash.
The suppression hearing is scheduled for March 2 in U.S. District Court at the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building in Bangor.
Maine law requires a person’s blood to be drawn whenever they are involved in a fatal or serious accident, but federal law enforcement, for the most part, stopped the practice in 2013.
The case is federal because Acadia is a national park.
Manubolu was arrested and charged in federal court in the deaths of his friends Lenny Fuchs, 36, Laura Leong, 30, and Zeeshan Mohammed, 27, all of New York City.
Manubolu told police investigators the group ended the night doing shots of alcohol at Carmen Verandah in downtown Bar Harbor before deciding to get into a vehicle for a trip to nearby Acadia National Park.
Investigators say Manubolu rolled the vehicle, killing his friends on a hairpin turn near the Gorge Path trailhead on the Park Loop Road.
Manubolu, who is an Indian citizen and therefore is a foreign national, was released from custody and given home detention but was allowed to move from New Jersey to Atlanta, Georgia in order to take a new job.
Walter McKee, Manubolu’s attorney, said in a letter to the court that he does not anticipate his client will attend the suppression hearing.