Vermont State Police Log: Car crashes increase as roads get slippery
ADDISON COUNTY — Winter weather finally arrived for real last week and one could see the effects of slippery roads in the number of serious motor vehicle crashes in Addison County, particularly on Dec. 12 in the heart of the snowstorm, four of which Vermont State Police handled.
On Dec. 12 alone, state police dealt with the following weather-related accidents:
• On Doolittle Road in Shoreham troopers handled a two-car crash. Police said the driver of a Ford Focus lost control and collided with an oncoming pickup truck. Police said no one was hurt, but the Focus was totaled, and the pickup was not operable.
• Handled a one-car accident on the Gap Road in Goshen, where a Jeep Renegade heading downhill slid off a snow-covered road and turned on its side in a ditch. The trooper reported the driver was unhurt, but the vehicle, which was towed from the scene, was totaled.
• Responded to a one-car accident on North Main Street in Whiting near the Cornwall town line after which the driver was taken to Porter Hospital complaining of chest pain. State police said the driver’s Honda Accord was traveling downhill when he lost control of his vehicle before it crossed the road, went into a ditch and hit multiple trees. The Whiting Fire Department assisted at the scene.
• Went to the intersection Route 22A and Doolittle Road in Shoreham to deal with a two-car crash. The trooper said that a Hyundai Elantra was unable to stop before entering the intersection, resulting in a collision with a truck. Police ticketed the 17-year-old driver for unsafely entering an intersection.
In other recent action, Vermont State Police:
• On Dec. 9 dealt with a one-car accident on Monkton Road in Ferrisburgh. Police said a Subaru Outback went off the road, with the driver saying she lost control when a car in front of her lost control. Police said the Outback had to be towed, but no one was hurt. Vergennes police helped at the scene.
• On Dec. 9 dealt with a two-car crash on Route 116 in Starksboro. State police said a GMC Sierra was following a Chevrolet Cruze too closely to stop in time to avoid a collision when the Cruze stopped; police ticketed the driver of the Sierra. They said the collision caused extensive damage to the Chevrolet.
• On Dec. 13 filed additional citations on a case dating to Nov. 25. Police cited John Ryea, 34, of Ripton for driving without the owner’s consent and providing false information to a police officer. Earlier police had cited him for driving with a criminally suspended license after stopping a car he was driving on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh on Nov. 25.
• On Dec. 14 handled a three-vehicle crash at the intersection of Route 22A and Market Road in Bridport. State police said a car pulled out of Market Road and collided with a car on Route 22A and then struck a parked car. The first vehicle was totaled, a passenger was taken to Porter Hospital with neck pain, and the second and third cars suffered some damage. Police are still investigating this accident and witnesses are asked to call Vermont State Police at 388-4919. Several local rescue services and the Bridport Fire Department helped at the scene.
• On Dec. 16 handled a two-car crash at the intersection of Route 7 and South Middlebrook Road in Waltham. Police said the driver of a pickup truck headed northbound on Route 7 at approximately 50 mph told them that the 2016 Toyota in front of him signaled to turn off the highway at the last minute and that he was unable to stop his pickup before striking the Toyota. In an attempt to avoid a collision, the pickup driver swerved left but still struck the Toyota as it made a left turn. Neither driver was hurt, but the Toyota was totaled. State police do not believe alcohol or drugs were a contributing factor in the collision.
• On Dec. 16 cited Thomas G. Case, 24, of New Haven for driving under the influence of alcohol following a one-car crash on Exchange Street in Middlebury, which state police allege Case fled from on foot. Police cited Case after he was first taken to Porter Hospital and treated for injuries sustained in the crash. State police and Middlebury police had been alerted by a local restaurant about an intoxicated patron who had driven away.
• On Dec. 17 cited Trevor Matton, 31, of Ferrisburgh for driving with a criminally suspended license and resisting arrest following a traffic stop on Route 7 in Waltham.
• On Dec. 18 followed up on a citizen tip, located Christopher Jerome, 27, of Lincoln on Panton Road in Panton, and cited him for driving with a criminally suspended license.
• On Dec. 18 responded to a report of a two-vehicle head-on collision on Big Hollow Road in Starksboro in which both vehicles were totaled. Both drivers were taken to UVM Medical Center for treatment of injuries: police report that Kelsey Roberts, 20, of Starksboro sustained potential chest and neck injuries, and Kasandra Clark, 33, of Williston sustained unknown injuries to her lower extremities. Police said the road was icy and they do not believe alcohol or drugs were a contributing factor in the collision.
• On Dec. 18 cited Michael Lockerby, 37, of South Burlington for driving with a criminally suspended license following a traffic stop on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh.
• On Dec. 18 cited Pamela Fuller, 51, of Starksboro for driving under the influence, third offense, following a one-car crash on State Prison Hollow Road.
Vermont State Police release a daily log of a selection of their activities. In Addison County, those activities included:
• Dec. 11, fraud, Monkton Road, Monkton.
• Dec. 11, directed patrol, Route 125, Cornwall.
• Dec. 11, traffic crash, Route 22A, Panton.
• Dec. 11, fraud, West Street, Cornwall.
• Dec. 12, suspicious person/circumstance, Rockydale Road, Bristol.
• Dec. 12, accident with damage, described by state police as “just north of picnic tables” in Goshen.
• Dec. 12, accident with damage, Swamp Road at Route 30, Cornwall.
• Dec. 12, traffic crash, Lake Dunmore Road, Salisbury.
• Dec. 12, citizen assist, Upper Plains Road, Salisbury.
• Dec. 12, traffic crash, Route 17W, Addison.
• Dec. 13, agency assist, Route 7, New Haven.
• Dec. 13, traffic crash, Route 74, Cornwall.
• Dec. 13, motor vehicle disturbances, Cider Mill Road and James Road, Cornwall.
• Dec. 13, traffic crash, Brookside Drive, Starksboro.
• Dec. 13, citizen assist, North Branch Road, Ripton.
• Dec. 13, citizen assist, Horton Road, Orwell.
• Dec. 14, simple assault, Lotsawater Road, Salisbury.
• Dec. 14, agency assist, Dove Lane, Ferrisburgh.
• Dec. 14, citizen assist, Route 73, Orwell.
• Dec. 15, suspicious person/circumstance, Mason Hill North Road, Starksboro.
• Dec. 15, animal problem, Town Line Road and Grandy Road, Addison.
• Dec. 15, citizen assist, Route 7 and Hunt Road, New Haven.
• Dec. 15, suspicious person/circumstance, Route 116 South, Bristol.
• Dec. 15, citizen assist, Route 7 and Middlebrook Road, Ferrisburgh.
• Dec. 16, suspicious person/circumstance, South Main Street, Whiting.
• Dec. 16, accident with damage, Route 7, Waltham.
• Dec. 16, alarm, Southwick Road, New Haven.
• Dec. 16, motor vehicle disturbances, Route 7, Ferrisburgh.
• Dec. 16, directed patrol, Route 7, New Haven.
• Dec. 17, directed patrol, Route 7 and Plank Road, Ferrisburgh.
• Dec. 17, traffic crash, Route 22A, Shoreham.
• Dec. 17, citizen assist, Elm Lane, Starksboro.
• Dec. 17, agency assist, Porter Drive, Middlebury.
• Dec. 17, motor vehicle disturbances, Route 7, Waltham.
• Dec. 17, citizen assist, Route 7, New Haven.
• Dec. 17, citizen assist, Route 116, Bristol.
• Dec. 17, directed patrol, Routes 7 and 17, New Haven.
• Dec. 17, alarm, Lake Street, Addison.
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