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Vermont State Police Log: Troopers respond when ATV and tractor-trailer crash on Route 22A

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Posted on August 31, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — On Wednesday, Aug. 23, at approximately 1:18 p.m. Vermont State Police, the Addison Fire Department and Middlebury Regional EMS responded to a two-vehicle crash on Route 22A at the intersection with Grand View Lane in Addison.

State police reported that Daniel Schools, 27, of St. Petersburg, Fla., was driving a tractor-trailer northbound on Route 22A when an ATV driven by a 12-year-old Addison girl entered the highway from Grand View Lane. The truck hit the rear, driver’s side of the ATV causing it to exit the southbound shoulder and flip. Both drivers were wearing their seat belts.

The Addison girl, identified as Kathryn Fitzgerald, sustained leg and head trauma, and was taken to UVM Medical Center and was discharged after treatment.

This incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper Gurwicz at 802-388-4919.

Separately, Vermont State Police ran saturation patrols at various places in the county in an effort to reduce speeds, monitor distracted driving, enforce traffic laws and remind the public of the importance of wearing seat belts (see related story).

In other recent activity, Vermont State Police troopers:

•  Investigated a fire at a home at 616 Union St. in Brandon on Aug. 14. Nobody was injured in the fire, but the garage, contents, and camper trailer is considered to be a total loss. Damage to the garage, trailer, pool, and contents was estimated to be approximately $75,000. Police determined that the cause of the fire was careless discarding of smoking materials into combustible materials inside the garage. Officials classified the fire as accidental and closed the case.

•  On Aug. 15 at approximately 5:28 p.m. responded to a one-car crash on Route 22A near the Halfway House restaurant in Shoreham. Police report that Eric Patton, 31, of Huntington was driving southbound while on his cell phone when he lost control of his vehicle, which traveled across Route 22A and over an embankment where the vehicle rolled over several times. Patton suffered cuts on his face, but was not hospitalized; his car was totaled. Police cited Patton for careless and negligent driving.

•  On July 27 stopped a vehicle driven by Allen Pike, 39, of Monkton for driving with a criminally suspended license. Pike left the scene before being taken into custody. Pike arrived at the New Haven state police barracks on Aug. 15, where he was fingerprinted, photographed and released on a citation to appear in Addison County Superior Court, criminal division, to answer the charges of driving with a criminally suspended license and violating conditions of release.

•  On Aug. 16 at 4:43 p.m. received a report of a vehicle driving erratically on Big Hollow Road in Starksboro. Police stopped a vehicle driven by Steven Clark, 38, of Starksboro and cited him for driving under the influence.

•  On Aug. 17 at a little passed 6 p.m. stopped a motor vehicle on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh after witnessing a traffic infraction. Police cited Kenneth Bushell, 52 of Ferrisburgh for driving under the influence.

•  On Aug. 18 at a little before 9 a.m. were notified of a one-car rollover in the area of Rabeck Mountain Road on Route 4 in Killington. Police report that 32-year-old John G. McKown of Brandon hydroplaned in standing water on the roadway before leaving the road and rolling. McKown was wearing a seatbelt and no injuries were reported.  Police issued him a traffic ticket.

•  On Aug. 18 at approximately 8:15 p.m. received a report of a man sitting in a blue Audi at the Jolley gas station on Route 7 in North Ferrisburgh acting suspiciously. Before police arrived, the New Haven barracks received a second call that the man had driven off and upon doing so, crossed the intersection of Route 7 from Stage Road and crashed into an oncoming vehicle heading north on Route 7. The man, later identified as 28-year-old Timothy Williams of Bridport, then left the scene of the crash.

The driver of the vehicle that was hit, 52-year-old Chris Gatland of Waltham, Mass., was not injured.

Police located Williams later that evening and cited him for leaving the scene of an accident, driving with a criminally suspended license, and violation of his current conditions of release.

•  On Aug. 19 at 2 a.m. were conducting traffic enforcement on Main Street in Vergennes. Troopers observed a vehicle travelling south on Main Street and recognized the driver as Matthew Swan, 39, of Monkton. Police cited Swan for driving with a criminally suspended license.

•  On Aug. 19 at around 2:15 p.m. responded to a three-car car crash on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh. Police report that Carolina Harper, 33, of Burlington was driving northbound when her car drifted left of center for an unknown reason, crossing the double yellow line. It struck the rear, driver side of a southbound car drive by Christina Safford, 41, of Vergennes then struck, head-on, an southbound car driven by Edward Bittle, 59, of Whitehall, N.Y. No one was injured. Charges are pending. Vermont State Police were assisted on scene by members of the Addison County Sheriff's Department, Ferrisburgh Fire Department and the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad.

•  On Aug. 21 at approximately 6:45 a.m. responded, along with the Shoreham Fire Department and Middlebury Regional EMS, to a one-car crash into a tree off Route 22A in the vicinity of Lapham Bay Road in Shoreham. Police said driver Deandre Gay, 26, of Burlington possibly fell asleep while travelling northbound on Route 22A, crossed the center line, left the roadway and struck a tree off the west shoulder. Gay was not injured but her passenger sustained critical injuries — including a possible serious head injury, and a fractured pelvis, femur and ankle — and was transported to the University of Vermont Medical Center.

•  On Aug. 22 reported that they had cited Benn Lussier, 20, of Middlebury for driving under the influence of drugs. The charge came after state police stopped a car driven by Lussier on July 30 and suspected that he was intoxicated.  

•  On Aug. 22 at approximately 3:45 p.m. looked into a report of a vehicle in a ditch off Columbus Smith Road in Salisbury. Police ended up citing 62-year-old Anthony Desautels of Salisbury for driving under the influence, simple assault on a police officer and resisting arrest.

•  On Aug. 24 at approximately 9:19 p.m. along with Vergennes police, dispatched to a reported family fight in Ferrisburgh. Police alleged that Christopher Devos, 51, or Ferrisburgh physically assaulted another individual, and they cited him for domestic assault.

•  On Aug. 24 investigated a report of threatening and intimidating contact via electronic communication. State police report that Eric LaRose, 27, of Bristol sent threats to inflict injury or physical harm to another person through text messages. Police cited LaRose for disturbing peace by use of telephone or other electronic communications.

•  On Aug. 25 at approximately 2:08 a.m. responded to a one-car crash on Rockydale Road in Bristol. Police cited

Raechel Schuldenrein, 25, of Lincoln for driving under the influence, third offense, and driving with a criminally suspended license. Her car was totaled and she suffered minor cuts.

•  On Saturday, Aug. 26, at approximately 12:30 a.m. stopped a vehicle on Route 7 at Route 17 in New Haven. Police cited 38-year-old Todd Shorey of Fair Haven for driving under the influence, second offense.

•  On Aug. 26 cited Christopher Summer, 35, of North Ferrisburgh for driving with a criminally suspended license on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh.

•  On Aug. 26 at around 4:45 p.m. responded to a crash on Route 7 at Campground Road in New Haven. Police report that two northbound motorcycles collided and then crashed into a southbound pick up truck resulting in the death of motorcyclist Christopher Dusablon, 29, of Essex Junction. See full story in A section.

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