Vermont State Police Log: Icy roads cause accidents

ADDISON COUNTY — On Tuesday, Jan. 17, a rainy day with temperatures near freezing, Vermont State Police responded to a two-car accident on Green Street in Waltham at around 1:45 p.m.
Senior Trooper Joseph Pregent reported that a 2007 Toyota Tundra driven by Ralph Torrey Jr., 61, of Waltham had pulled out of his driveway in front of a 2004 Toyota Tacoma, which was being driven by Robert Duprey, 58, of Waltham northbound down the hill. Duprey’s Tacoma was traveling well below the 40 mph speed limit on the wet and ice-covered road, Pregent said. Duprey applied the brakes and slid into the right rear of Torrey’s Tundra.
Both vehicles were damaged but no one was injured. Both drivers were wearing their seat belts.
In other recent activity, VSP operating out of the New Haven barracks:
•  On Jan. 20 at 3:30 p.m. stopped a motor vehicle driven by Frederick Whitcomb, 32, of Buels Gore on Shaker Mountain Road in Huntington because the vehicle had a cracked windshield. Police cited Whitcomb for driving with a criminally suspended license.
•  On Jan. 21 at approximately 8:47 p.m. responded to a one-car crash at the intersection of Route 7 and Little Otter Lane in Ferrisburgh. Upon arrival police saw a car off the roadway overturned onto its roof with moderate damage. Police said the driver of the car, 23-year-old Korey Koch of Vergennes, was at a nearby residence awaiting treatment and that they found two young children left inside the car. Police and local emergency services got the kids out of the car and all occupants of the car were transported to Fletcher Allen hospital to receive treatment. Criminal charges are pending.
•  On Jan. 22 at 7:47 a.m. responded to a one-car crash on Route 7 in Waltham. Police report that Henry C. Maguire, 21, of Burlington was driving a 2007 Volvo northbound on Route 7 when he lost control of the car, traveled off the east side of the road, back onto the road and across the double yellow lines, and off the west side of the road backwards, where the car struck a pole. No one was injured; the Volvo sustained minimal-to-moderate damage. The trooper reported that the day was sunny and clear and the road was dry; he also said Maguire told him that he had taken his eyes off the road to reach for a Gatorade container prior to losing control. Trooper Leise issued Maguire a ticket for failing to drive on the right, which, if convicted, could result in a $214 fine and four points on his license.

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