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Vermont State Police Log: Bristol teen injured in I-89 crash

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Posted on April 8, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — A young woman from Bristol was seriously injured Saturday in a crash on Interstate 89 that killed a fellow passenger in the car.

Vermont State Police report that at about nine minutes past 5 p.m. on April 4 they were notified of a one-car crash on Interstate 89 southbound in Colchester near mile marker 94. The weather was clear and sunny at the time of this crash and the roadway was dry.

Troopers from the Williston barracks responded along with multiple officers from the Colchester Police Department, Colchester Fire Department, St. Michael’s Rescue Squad, Essex Rescue and UVM Rescue.

Police report that a 2007 Honda Pilot carrying three University of Vermont students was traveling southbound when it left I-89, traveled off the shoulder and struck a tree. Apparently, no other vehicles were involved in this crash.

The Pilot was driven by Jacob Dahreddine, 19, of Bethesda, Md., and two 18-year-old passengers were Christina Menke of Essex and Julia Rickner of Bristol. All three were wearing seatbelts.

Dahreddine and Rickner both sustained multiple and severe injuries; fire and rescue personnel extracted them from the vehicle. They were transported to UVM Medical Center for treatment. Menke sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

On Tuesday morning, the hospital described Rickner’s condition as serious and Dahreddine’s condition as critical.

Police said it did not appear that speed or alcohol were factors in this crash, which is still under investigation.

Anyone witnessing or having information related to this crash is asked to contact Trooper Jacob Metayer at the Williston barracks at (802) 878-7111.

In other recent activity, Vermont State Police:

•  Reported that troopers operating out of the New Haven barracks cited three people for driving with criminally suspended licenses in the past week. Cited for DLS were Laurie A. Lynch, 40, of Middlebury after a stop for an alleged traffic infraction on March 31 at 5:34 p.m. on Monkton Road in Bristol, and 30-year-old Samuel T. Cote of Brandon at a stop on Route 7 in Salisbury on April 1 at 1:01 p.m.

Then, on Sunday, April 5, at 2:05 a.m. police responded to a report of a disorderly man on Shackett Road in Leicester. After investigating, police cited Jeffrey L. LaRock, 53, of Brandon not only for driving with a criminally suspended license but also for driving under the influence of alcohol and in violation of conditions of release. Police said a roadside test showed that LaRock’s blood alcohol content was 0.221 percent; the legal limit for driving is 0.08. LaRock was lodged at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility.

In a separate incident that resulted in a DUI citation, troopers on April 1 at approximately 8:35 p.m. responded to a report of a vehicle off Route 22A in Bridport. Police said the car’s driver, identified as 19-year-old Reed I. Messner of Middlebury, had a blood alcohol content of 0.126 percent; and they cited Messner for driving under the influence of alcohol.

•  On March 31 at 8:52 p.m. responded to a call from a home in the White Ridge Road neighborhood in Monkton and ended up citing 45-year-old Chad Laflamme, who police described as a transient, for simple assault on a man at the Monkton home.

•  On April 1 at 11:47 p.m. cited Alexander Smith, 23, of Addison for driving with excessive speed. Police alleged that Smith drove 90 mph in a 50 mph zone on Route 22A in Shoreham.

•  On April 2 at 7:20 a.m. responded to a two-car crash in Braintree involving a Granville woman. Police said Samantha Litchfield, 39, of Granville was driving a 2003 Subaru Legacy southbound on Route 12A when she lost control of her vehicle due to mechanical failure and, near the intersection with Thresher Road, collided with a northbound 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by William Coyle Jr., 52, of Hanover, N.H. Police said the Jeep sustained front-end damage, but the Subaru was a total loss. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts and there were no injuries reported. No charges are pending.

•  On April 2 at 7 p.m. responded to a two-vehicle crash on West Salisbury Road in Salisbury. Police said their initial investigation indicated that a 2009 Dodge Ram truck driven by 26-year-old Gregory Raymond of Salisbury crossed the centerline and struck a 2008 Ford F550 service body driven by 57-year-old Douglas Murray of Salisbury as the Ford was backing into a driveway.

Both vehicles were damage — police report that they both appeared to be totaled. Raymond, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was transported to Porter Medical Center for facial lacerations and a possible leg fracture.

The trooper reported that speed and alcohol appeared to be contributing factors based on witness accounts and evidence on scene. The trooper said criminal charges are expected after further investigation.

•  Later that same day, April 2, troopers responded to a one-car crash at the junction of Bethel Mountain Road and Middle Hollow Road in Rochester. Police said their investigation showed that at around 11 p.m., in a light rain, 26-year-old Benjamin Trudo of Addison was driving a 2012 Jeep Wrangler northbound on Bethel Mountain Road when he failed to stop at a stop sign located at the “T” intersection of Bethel Mountain Road and Middle Hollow Road. After failing to stop, Trudo continued to travel straight into a field and collide with a tree.

Police said Trudo was not wearing a seatbelt, and he sustained non-life-threatening injuries; he was transported to Gifford Medical Center. This crash remains under investigation.

•  Also on April 2 began looking into a burglary complaint on West Salisbury Road in Salisbury. The complainant said someone entered the residence sometime between March 31 and April 2 and took change from a room in the residence. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Vermont State Police at (802) 388-4919. Information can also be submitted anonymously online at www.vtips.info or by texting “CRIMES” (274637) to keyword: VTIPS.

•  On April 3 at 9:06 p.m. were called to a citizen dispute at a Plank Road home in Ferrisburgh. Victims declined medical attention. Police cited Desiree D. Garrison, 30, of Malone, N.Y., for domestic assault and lodged Garrison at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility.

•  On April 4 at 1:30 a.m. were called to a residence in Middlebury for a reported domestic assault. Police said investigation showed that Nathan Hansen, 28, of Leicester was involved in a physical altercation earlier in the evening off West Shore Road in Salisbury. Police allege that Hansen also broke a window in a vehicle. Police cited Hansen for domestic assault and unlawful mischief.

•  On April 6 received a report from Thomas Lathrop that a man driving a silver/gray Subaru stole at least one wooden plank from his lumber yard on Hewitt Road in Bristol. Anyone with information in regard to this theft is asked to call the New Haven barracks at 388-4919.

•  On April 6 at 6:05 p.m. responded to a one-car crash on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh in which three Bennington residents were injured. Police said Frank Ruggles Jr., 24, was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee southbound on Route 7 and, as he was not paying attention to the road, traveled off the west shoulder and struck a utility pole. Ruggles sustained a possible shoulder injury and laceration to the head; 21-year-old passenger Caitlin Kaska sustained a possible right leg injury; and 30-year-old passenger Clark Salmon sustained possible injuries to right and left arms and legs and a possible back injury. The Vergennes Area Rescue Squad transported all three to UVM Medical Center.

The Jeep sustained major damage to the passenger side. Police gave Ruggles a written warning.

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