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Cyclist killed on Ferrisburgh road; local woman cited for DUI

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Posted on June 22, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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Kenneth E. Najarian Photo courtesy of UVM Medical Center

FERRISBURGH — A Charlotte man who was biking in Ferrisburgh on Wednesday evening was killed when he was struck by a car driven by a Ferrisburgh woman who was charged with drunk driving.

Dr. Kenneth E. Najarian, 60, was riding southbound on Greenbush Road at around 5:50 p.m. when police said he was struck from behind by a 2013 Chevrolet Cruz driven by Holly Gonyeau, 36, of Ferrisburgh. Vermont State Police report that Najarian died at the scene as a result of the injuries sustained from the crash.

The Chevy sustained contact damage to hood and windshield, police said.

State police, Vergennes police, the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad and the Ferrisburgh Fire Department all responded to the scene of the crash. The State Police Crash Reconstruction Team also assisted with the investigation.

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. She was processed for driving under the influence and released on a citation to appear at the Addison County Criminal Court on June 29 to answer to a charge of driving under the influence.

The Burlington Free Press reported that Gonyeau is the wife of 15-year veteran Williston police officer Keith Gonyeau.

The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information relating to this crash or who may have 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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