Brandon woman dies in snowmobile crash
SALISBURY/BRANDON — A beloved local teacher was killed in a snowmobile accident on Saturday, and fundraisers for her young daughter began in earnest almost immediately.
Kristle Humiston, 39, died when the snowmobile she was riding on collided with some trees on the west side of Lake Dunmore a little before 7 p.m. on Feb. 6.
Snowmobile driver Amanda Warren, 43, of Salisbury was taken to Porter Hospital in Middlebury and transferred to UVM Medical Center in Burlington to be treated for her injuries.
Vermont State Police troopers responded to the report of the crash in the Rustic Lane area near Camp Songadeewin on Lake Dunmore in Salisbury. While en route, troopers were notified that one woman involved in the crash was unresponsive.
The state police report filed on Sunday reported their initial investigation showed that Warren was driving a 2000 Yamaha Triple 700 snowmobile at a high rate of speed at night across Lake Dunmore with Humiston riding on the back. The report stated that Warren failed to stop the snowmobile, collided with an embankment and proceeded to strike several trees.
Warren sustained multiple injuries during the crash, including injuries to both wrists and a head laceration. Humiston was pronounced deceased on the scene by members of Middlebury Regional Emergency Medical Service.
The police report stated they suspect alcohol may have been a contributing factor to the crash. Neither Warren nor Humiston were wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
Salisbury Fire Department assisted state police on the scene.
FUNDRAISERS FOR ADY
Humiston, who was well known and much loved in the area, grew up in Brandon and graduated from Otter Valley Union High School. She was a preschool teacher at Champlain Valley Head Start in Middlebury. She leaves behind a 12-year-old daughter, Adyson.
Friends, neighbors and family members started fundraising efforts for Adyson on Sunday. A GoFundMe campaign began with the goal of raising $25,000 and, as of Wednesday, Feb. 10, over $23,500 had been raised. The name of the GoFundMe campaign is “Adyson’s Future.”
“Please consider donating to Ady’s future,” the page states. “She’s a brilliant child who will make her mommy in heaven proud, but more than ever, she will need all of our help. You don’t have to donate much to make a difference. Thank you so much for considering to make a big difference in a very deserving child’s life.”
Other fundraisers include a benefit to-go dinner sponsored by Sorelle and Christa’s Totes on Feb. 21 at the Brandon American Legion. Pick-up will be from 4-6 p.m. Meals can be preordered using this order link: forms.gle/uubYx1MxDY9wWWrH8. The deadline to order is Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.
Organizers ask that all orders be paid online prior to pick-up. The event is made possible by Beth Quenneville and Colleen Wright.
M3D Designs is raffling off a folk art American flag (measuring 37×19 inches) to benefit Ady.
“Kristle Wheeler was an amazing person and will forever be missed,” they wrote in a Facebook post. “A life gone too soon. On behalf of Kristle and her family, we are raffling off an original flag to benefit a local family who lost a beautiful lady, way too soon.”
Tickets are $10 each. The raffle will go until March 7. To buy a ticket, reach out directly to M3D Designs on Facebook or text 802-353-9335. All proceeds will go directly to Adyson.
“We want to support her family during this difficult time and this is the least we can do,” organizers wrote on the posting.
A memorial gymkhana and trail ride has been tentatively scheduled for May 23 at the McConnell Road Farm of Chris Seymour in Brandon. Adyson is an avid horseback rider and aspiring barrel racer.
“It’s our hope that the COVID restrictions lift and we’re able to have this come spring!” organizers posted on Facebook. “We are in the planning stages for a memorial gymkhana for one of our young, upcoming gymkhana family. Ady lost her mom in a tragic accident last night and what she needs now is to be able to keep going with her best friend. Ady has been training with us at RockStar Stables LLC and has formed a love for the games and barrel racing. We all know the love of a horse is a big step in the healing process.”
All proceeds will be going to Ady to help cover the costs of vet bills, farrier, entry fees, memberships and other expenses associated with riding.
“Ady has been working hard this winter getting with her new horse,” the post read. “Her goals this year are to compete in barrels and gymkhanas. This year she said she’s not giving up because their love for horses is something they both shared- and she will be riding for her mother this season because she wouldn’t want her to give up.”
Humiston’s sister, Jodi Wheeler, said she and her family are very appreciative of the fundraising efforts for Ady.
“We are so incredibly grateful for all the support and overwhelmed by all the donations,” she said.
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