UPDATE: Weybridge girl struck by car dies in hospital
WEYBRIDGE — Nine-year-old Matilda “Tilly” Boulanger of Weybridge was struck by a car on Weybridge Road/Route 23 on Thursday afternoon. Vermont State Police said that Boulanger died Saturday at UVM Medical Center.
Police continue to investigate the incident.
Vermont State Police were called to Weybridge at around 12:54 p.m. Thursday, April 25, on a report that a car had struck a pedestrian.
Based on evidence at the scene as well as several witness statements, state police reported that Garrit Smits, 36, of Ferrisburgh was driving a 2014 VW Jetta toward Middlebury on Weybridge Road at approximately 30-40 mph when Boulanger entered the roadway unexpectedly. Smits applied his brakes, but collided with the girl. The accident happened between Hamilton Road and Sheep Farm Road.
Boulanger, the daughter of Cort Boulanger and Stacey Rainey, was taken to Porter Hospital and then airlifted to UVM Medical Center for treatment for injuries described as severe head trauma and multiple internal injuries.
The Jetta sustained minor contact damage, troopers reported.
Police determined that neither alcohol nor drugs were contributing factors in the collision.
The weather was described as clear and sunny, the road as dry blacktop.
That section of Weybridge Road was closed until a little before 4:30 p.m. while police investigated the scene.
This crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this crash is strongly encouraged to contact the Vermont State Police at the New Haven barracks at 802-388-4919.
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