ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police responded to a report of a two-vehicle collision on Route 125, approximately six-tenths of a mile east of Brooks Road, in Ripton this past Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7:31 p.m. The trooper reported that David Manning, 39, of Ripton stopped his truck — a 2006 GMC pickup — in the travel portion of the roadway to check the security of “hold downs” and the trailer load, a full-size Ford, dual-wheeled dump truck.
At that point, a 2008 Honda Civic driven by 81-year-old Kelton Downs of Middlebury, who was traveling a distance behind Manning, descended a hill, negotiated a slight curve and struck the back of Manning’s trailer. This impact caused damage to both vehicles and the trailer. Police determined that the Honda was totaled.
Although this crash investigation remains active, the trooper believed that Kelton did not see the stopped truck and trailer combination due to a lack of lighting on Manning’s rig. The trooper also noted that this section of roadway is dark and does not have streetlights.
The Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association and Ripton Rescue Squad assisted Downs and took him to Porter Hospital with complaints of chest and back soreness.
Manning, who was outside his vehicle at the time of the collision was not injured.
The Ripton Fire Department provided traffic control. EJM Enterprises removed the trailer and the Honda.
This case is active, and anyone with information regarding this crash is asked to contact VSP at 802-388-4919. Information can also be submitted online at www.vtips.info or by texting “CRIMES” (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS.
In other recent activity, troopers:
• On Oct. 8 at 9:10 a.m. were called to investigate the theft of two chainsaws from a business on Route 116 in Bristol south of the village. The victim reported that the theft occurred sometime during the evening of Oct. 6 and morning of Oct. 7. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact state police.
• On Oct. 8 looked into a reported burglary at a Weybridge Road home in Weybridge. Someone reportedly stole various power and hand tools between 7:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Anyone with information is asked to contact VSP.
• On Oct. 8 at 5:40 p.m. cited Jonathan Bruso, 24, of Orwell for driving with a criminally suspended license. A trooper who knew Bruso’s license was suspended had seen him driving.
• On Oct. 9 at 8:54 p.m. stopped a car driven by Courtney Lazar, 33, of Rochester, N.Y., on Route 22A in Panton for allegedly traveling at 30 mph or more over the posted speed limit of 50 mph. The trooper cited her for speeding.
• On Oct. 10 were told that five chainsaws and a gas can were stolen from a Pearson Road property in New Haven. Anyone with information in regards to this theft is asked to call the state police.
• On Oct. 11 at 5:26 p.m. responded to a report of spilled milk on Interstate 91 at exit ramp 6 in Rockingham. Police report that Kevin Blier, 44, of Brandon was driving a 2007 International tractor-trailer hauling a milk tanker and entering Interstate 91 southbound from exit 6 when, due to weight transfer of his load of milk, his vehicle rolled onto the driver’s side and slid into the center median. Blier had no life-threatening injuries and was transported to the Springfield Hospital Emergency Room. Interstate 91 was reduced to one lane of travel for an hour during cleanup.
• On Oct. 11 at 7:40 p.m. stopped a car driven by Kyle Bushey, 53, of New Haven at the intersection of Routes 7 and 17 after seeing the vehicle swerving and traveling in the oncoming lane. The trooper cited Bushey for driving under the influence, second offense.
• On Oct. 11 responded to a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Route 116 and River Road in Bristol. The trooper reported that her investigation suggests that Rebecca White, 41, of Addison pulled her 2012 Dodge into traffic after thinking her lane was clear, then White’s front fender made contact with the rear fender of a stationary 2003 Nissan driven by Lise Lathrop, 74, of Lincoln. No injuries were reported and only minor damage was done to either vehicle.
• On Oct. 11 at 11:36 p.m. responded to a reported vehicle off River Road in New Haven. Police said their investigation showed that Richard Venne, 45, of Salisbury lost control of his vehicle and traveled off the roadway, and his vehicle became disabled. Venne was later taken into custody and cited for driving under the influence.
• On Oct. 12 at 6:20 p.m. responded to a one-car crash on Tri-Town Road in Addison. Police said Caetlin S. Harwood, 28, of Addison lost control of the 2012 Mazda she was driving and collided with several mailboxes causing moderate damage to her vehicle. Harwood was not injured.
• On Oct. 12 at 9:31 p.m. stopped a motor vehicle driven by Anthony M. Poquette, 21, of Bristol on Bristol Road in Monkton for a motor vehicle infraction. Police cited Poquette for driving with a criminally suspended license.
• On Oct. 12 responded with Bristol police to a report of an assault late Friday night. The call, which originated in the town of Bristol, led both agencies to open an investigation at the Brookside Trailer Park in Starksboro. The trooper said her investigation suggests that a physical altercation took place. She cited Joshua Marsh, 24, of Starksboro for domestic assault.
• On Oct. 13 at 1 a.m. were called to a car crash in Bristol. Police said Kayla L. Briggs, 20, of Starksboro was driving a 2010 Kia Forte northbound on Route 116 when she lost control of the Kia, which traveled across the southbound lane and off the west side of the road striking a utility pole. There was no damage to the pole. Speed was found to be a contributing factor, impairment was not. Police issued Briggs a ticket for speeding.
• On Oct. 13 at 4:15 p.m. were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash on Route 7 in Salisbury. Police said a Nissan Xterra driven by Andrew Hamilton-Demas, 28, of Centennial, Colo., was pulled off the side of the road and started to turn around heading north. Police said Donald Lyon, 36, of Wardsboro, driving a 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle, was unable to avoid colliding with the Nissan and brought his motorcycle down to avoid hitting the vehicle. Lyon was transported to Porter Hospital to be checked for injuries.
• On Oct. 13 at 5:23 p.m. responded to a one-car crash on Bristol Road in Monkton. Police report that Cameron Pike, 21, of Mendon was driving a 2007 Subaru Impreza northbound when he lost control of his vehicle and traveled off the roadway causing moderate contact damage to his vehicle. Pike was not injured.
• On Oct. 13 at 5:52 p.m. stopped a motor vehicle driven by Andre Letourneau, 18, of Monkton on States Prison Hollow Road in Monkton for a motor vehicle infraction. Police cited Letourneau for possession of marijuana.
• On Oct. 14 at 2:48 a.m. stopped for an infraction a motor vehicle driven by Zachary Walsh, 21, of Brandon on Route 7 in Salisbury. Police cited Walsh for driving under the influence.
• On Oct. 14 at 8:10 a.m. looked into a two-car collision in Hubbardton. Police reported that Corey Oldroyd, 28, of Whiting was driving a 2004 Toyota Tacoma southbound in the southbound lane of Route 30 when Allen Ryan, 53, of Rutland pulled a 2013 VW out of a driveway onto Route 30 collided with Oldroyd in the southbound lane. No one was injured.
• On Oct. 14 at 3 p.m. responded to a one-vehicle rollover on Lime Kiln Road in New Haven. The trooper said that upon his arrival the driver, identified as 23-year-old Joshua Kelly of New Haven, was clearly intoxicated and he was cited for driving under the influence, third offense. Kelly was not injured in the collision.
• On this past Monday evening, Vermont State Police were called to investigate a burglary in Orwell. Their investigation suggested that a Route 73 home was broken into during the day.
An undisclosed amount of family jewelry and coins were taken, including a unique ring that the homeowner had received as a gift. The ring, from Sri Lanka, is set in silver, has a wide band at the top that tapers down to a narrow bottom and has a large, light blue stone set into the silver on the top of the ring.
Anyone in the area that may have seen a suspicious vehicle or person or has any information on this burglary or on a ring similar to the one described is asked to contact the VSP.