UPDATE: Former Bristol resident Cousino killed in crash
BRISTOL — A former Bristol resident was killed on this past Thursday in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 89 in the town of Richmond.
Vermont State Police said Brendon Cousino, 30, a resident of Richmond, was killed in the crash on Thursday evening.
Police are asking for assistance from the public as they investigate the crash.
It was at around 7:27 p.m. on July 30 that VSP and other emergency departments responded to a serious crash in the northbound lanes of Interstate 89, near mile marker 79, an area just north of Exit 11 in Richmond.
A preliminary investigation indicates that Karri Benoir, 23, of Barre was driving a 2004 Toyota Corolla southbound on I-89 and crossed over the grass median and struck Cousino’s northbound 1999 Honda Civic head-on in the northbound lanes. A 2010 Ford truck driven northbound by Shane Libbey, 57, of Swanton then struck Benoir’s vehicle, police said.
Police said that when they arrived they found Cousino deceased from injuries he sustained in the crash.
Benoir, who was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt, was taken to UVM Medical Center for treatment of what state police described as serious injuries. On Tuesday her condition was reported as good.
Libbey was uninjured, but his truck sustained minor damage.
Interstate 89 North between Exits 11 and 12 was closed to traffic for approximately 4.5 hours while the investigation and clean up took place. Traffic was diverted onto Route 2.
The investigation into the crash is continuing.
Cousino, who graduated from Mount Abraham Union High School in 2002, was a member of the Richmond Rescue Squad, and about a decade ago was listed on the roster of the Starksboro Rescue Squad.
So far, no charges have been filed in the incident.
Vermont State Police detectives are asking for the public’s assistance with the investigation into this crash. Specifically, investigators would like to hear directly from anyone who may have witnessed the actions of the drivers/vehicles just prior to the crash, and any other information witnesses may have about the operation of all three vehicles. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Senior Trooper James Fox at the Vermont State Police Williston barracks at 802-878-7111.
Editor's note: This story was updated to add the police contact information for witness to the crash, and the medical condition as of Tuesday of the driver from Barre.