A jury found Jeffrey Moran, 29, of Washington guilty Oct. 28 of operating under the influence on the night his 1999 GMC Yukon SUV struck and killed 31-year-old Jessie Hayden on Feylers Corner Road in Waldoboro.

As previously reported in this paper, Hayden was riding his bicycle at about 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 22, 2014, when he was struck and killed by Moran. Moran himself called police from the scene and was arrested for criminal operating under the influence.

After a two-day trial at Lincoln County Superior Court, the jury found that while Moran had driven drunk, there was not enough evidence to conclude that it was his operation of the Yukon that had caused the death of the other man. As a result, he was found guilty of a class D misdemeanor OUI rather than the class B felony aggravated OUI for which he was indicted, and which would carry much more severe sentencing consequences.

Moran's defense attorney, Philip Cohen of Waldoboro, said, "I appreciate the job the jury did. I think they found the case for what it was." He called the incident a tragedy and said he did not think his client had acted inappropriately.

District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau, who represented the state in the case, said he was disappointed with the verdict. "I think the evidence certainly was sufficient that he caused the death," he said.

Staff reporter Dan Otis Smith can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 123 or via email at dsmith@villagesoup.com.