Route 7 crash in Brandon claims lives of older couple from Rutland
BRANDON — An elderly couple from Rutland was killed and a New Haven man was injured in a two-car crash on Route 7 in Brandon last Wednesday afternoon.
Dead are Charles K. Ovian, 84, and Sally Ovian, 83.
On Dec. 28 at just before 2:30 p.m. Brandon police responded to a report of a two-car crash with entrapment in front of Otter Valley Union High School south of downtown.
Officers are still investigating the circumstances of the crash, but they report that when they arrived they found a blue 2012 Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck crashed in the southbound lane of Franklin Street/Route 7 and a silver 2014 Buick Enclave crashed off the roadway in the southbound side lawn.
Both vehicles sustained extensive damage to their front driver-side bumpers, according to police. Airbags had deployed in both vehicles. Charles Ovian, the driver of the Buick, and Sally Ovian were both treated on the scene for extensive injuries.
The pickup driver, Ryan Kennelly, 22, of New Haven, was being tended to by several witnesses to the crash when police officers arrived.
Soon thereafter staff from the Brandon Area Rescue Squad and Rutland Regional Ambulance Service arrived and provided medical aid to all three people involved in the crash.
Brandon police were also helped by the Brandon and Pittsford fire departments, as well as the Vermont State Police and its accident reconstruction team, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the Rutland County State’s Attorney’s office.
Charles Ovian and Kennelly were transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center for further medical aid, and Sally Ovian was airlifted by helicopter to the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire for treatment of her critical injuries.
The medical examiners declared the Ovians deceased.
Both vehicles were judged to be a total loss.
For almost two and a half hours, Route 7 was closed or had a restricted flow of traffic.
This crash is still under investigation. Brandon police are asking anyone with information or those who witnessed the crash to contact them at 802-247-0222.