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Court date delayed for woman accused of driving drunk in bicyclist killing incident

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Posted on June 25, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh woman who was charged with striking and killing a man on a bicycle while she was driving drunk, has had her first court date delayed for two weeks.

At the request of the Addison County State’s Attorney’s office, Holly Gonyeau will be arraigned on July 13 at 12:30 p.m. on a charge of driving under the influence on June 17; she was originally cited to answer the charge in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, on Monday, June 29.

The office of State’s Attorney David R. Fenster released a statement today saying that the investigation into the June 17 incident that claimed the life of Dr. Kenneth Najarian is active and ongoing. A person in Fenster’s office said they wanted to make sure they have all the evidence.

Najarian, 60, of Charlotte was riding southbound on Greenbush Road at around 5:50 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17, when, according to Vermont State Police, he was struck from behind by a 2013 Chevrolet Cruz driven by Gonyeau, 36. Najarian died at the scene as a result of the injuries sustained from the crash.

The Chevy sustained contact damage to its hood and windshield.

Gonyeau provided troopers with a preliminary breath test indicating a blood alcohol content of 0.123 percent; the legal limit for driving is 0.08 percent. The Burlington Free Press reported that Gonyeau is the wife of 15-year veteran Williston police officer Keith Gonyeau.

Anyone with information relating to this crash or who witnessed it is asked to contact Trooper Brett Flansburg at the New Haven State Police barracks at 802-388-4919.

Najarian was a radiologist at UVM Medical Center and a professor at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, where he received his medical degree. His specialties were diagnostic radiology and vascular interventional radiology.

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