Vermont State Police Log: Truck driver may face criminal charges

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police are considering criminal charges in a traffic mishap in which the wheels came off a tractor-trailer on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh and struck a Toyota Corolla, resulting in a crash that totaled the car and sent its driver to the hospital.
Police report that Eres Karic, 53, of South Burlington was driving a tractor-trailer southbound on Route 7 not far from the Rokeby Museum on Monday at a little after 8 p.m. when two of the tires came off the truck. The tires continued traveling south on Route 7 and collided with the northbound Corolla driven by Laura E. Socinski, 44, of North Ferrisburgh. Socinski was transported to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington for treatment of undisclosed injuries.
The tractor-trailer sustained minor damage to its undercarriage.
Senior Trooper Joe Szarejko reported early Tuesday morning that criminal charges were pending.
Meanwhile, troopers at the New Haven state police barracks were busy with calls to many traffic accidents attributed to heavy snow during and just after last week’s big snowstorm.
Last Wednesday, March 12, started out with Trooper Eden Neary responding to Route 116 in Bristol at 7:20 a.m. for a reported single-vehicle crash. The trooper reported that Kelly Bellinger, 53, of Salisbury lost control of the 2007 Dodge Caliber she was driving northbound on the snow-covered Route 116. The vehicle traveled off the west side of the road and struck a fence post. Bellinger was not injured. The Caliber had to be removed from the scene by a tow truck.
Later that morning at 9:28 a.m., Senior Trooper Andy Leise responded to a two-vehicle crash on Monkton Road at Silver Street in Monkton. The trooper said Ryan T. Sartwell, 31, of Brattleboro lost control of the 2009 Chevy Silverado he was driving on Silver Street and the Chevy struck the driver’s side of a 2012 Silverado driven by 69-year-old Allan Charles Willey of Bristol. Neither driver was hurt, but both pickups sustained moderate damage. The trooper said snow and ice on the road contributed to the crash, and he also gave Sartwell a written warning for speeding.
Then at 10:43 a.m., Leise was called to Starksboro where he reported that a 2007 International 4300 truck was attempting to turn left off Route 116 onto State’s Prison Hollow Road when a 2013 Subaru Impreza driven by Nakeeya A.R. Deas of South Burlington ran into the rear bumper of the truck. No one was injured and, again, snow and ice were called contributing factors in the crash. Leise issued Deas a written warning for following too closely.
Troopers then went to a crash involving three vehicles on Route 17 in New Haven at 11:51 a.m. They report that a Ford van was stuck in the westbound lane after it slid partially off Route 17. A 2003 Chevy S-10 driven by Bruce V. Zeman, 44, of New Haven was westbound and attempted to pull out and go around the van and its driver, who was reportedly standing in the road. Police report that the Chevy S-10 collided head on in the eastbound lane with a 2011 Honda CR-V driven eastbound by Patricia J. Bryant, 60, of Lincoln.
No one was injured, but the Chevy and the Honda both sustained moderate damage. While citing snow and ice as contributing factors in the crash, police also warned Zeman to keep his speed down.
State police were assisted at the scene by the Addison County Sheriff’s Department, New Haven Fire Department and the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad.
Even after the snow had stopped falling, the cars kept sliding on snow-and-ice covered roads.
On Friday, March 14, at 5:20 a.m. troopers went to Route 17 in Addison in the area of Jersey Street where Peggy McCurdy-Quain, 53, of Mineville, N.Y., told police that she lost control of the 2007 Toyota Tundra she was driving on the slippery road, causing her to travel off the road. The vehicle sustained minor body damage and the side airbag activated. The driver was transported to Porter Medical Center for evaluation of neck pain.
On Sunday, March 16, at 12:42 a.m., troopers were dispatched to a one-car crash on Fern Lake Road in Leicester. The vehicle, a 2006 Ford Fusion, had spun out of control on the snow-covered road and hit a utility pole. The driver, identified as 56-year-old Doreen Raymond of Forest Dale, suffered a possible fracture to her right leg. Police said she wasn’t wearing a seat belt.
Raymond was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center.
State police asked that anyone with further information pertaining to this case call them at 802-388-4919.
In other recent activity, state police:
•  On March 11 at 4 p.m. stopped a vehicle driven by Arlon Staats, 18, of Salisbury for allegedly speeding on Swamp Road in Cornwall. The trooper cited Staats for possession of prescription pills for which he did not have a prescription and for providing false information to a police officer.
•  On March 13 at 6:13 p.m. responded, with Hinesburg police, to a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence in Starksboro. Police cited John R. Palin Sr., 53, of Starksboro for domestic assault and lodged him at the Marble Valley Correctional Center for lack of $10,000 bail.
•  On March 15 received a report from Salisbury that a vehicle entered a farm off Shard Villa Road around 10 p.m. on March 13 and stole diesel fuel from a piece of farm equipment. Surveillance video ß∑is being made available to state police. Anyone with information is asked to contact 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 March 15 at 9:30 p.m. stopped a motor vehicle on Leicester-Whiting Road in Leicester. Police ended up citing a passenger in the vehicle, identified as Keith Bordeau, 20, of Port Henry, N.Y., with possession of heroin and possession of pills for which he did not have a prescription.

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