Vermont State Police Log: Crash on 22A takes a teen’s life

ADDISON COUNTY — Two Orwell residents were injured and a Fair Haven teen was killed in a tragic two-car crash on Route 22A on Tuesday morning.

Vermont State Police report a 17-year-old Fair Haven man was driving a 2006 Subaru Legacy on Route 22A in West Haven at a few minutes before 8 a.m. when he tried to pass a tractor-trailer and lost control of the vehicle, struck a utility pole and ricocheted into a Subaru Forrester driven by 63-year-old Rodney Batschelet of Orwell. The crash forced the Forrester off the road. The Legacy overturned several times and ended up on its roof facing southeast in the northbound lane of the highway.

The 17-year-old driver was pinned in the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

A 14-year-old male passenger in the Legacy was taken to Rutland Regional Medical Center to be treated for internal injuries. Due to their ages, police didn’t immediately release their names. The Rutland Herald identified the deceased driver as Kristopher Severance, a junior at Fair Haven Union High School.

Batschelet was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

State police said speed, heavy rain and standing water on the road were likely contributing factors in this crash.

This incident remains under investigation. Anyone who witnessed the crash or who may have information regarding to crash is asked to contact Trooper Craig Roland at the Rutland Barracks at 802-773-9101.

Meanwhile, Vermont State Police were busy enforcing laws on local roads in other incidents this past week.

In the first incident, two vehicles were totaled and a passenger was hurt in an Oct. 17 crash at the intersection of Cider Mill and James roads in Cornwall. At about 4:45 p.m. that day, troopers were dispatched to the crash, which included someone trapped in one of the vehicles.

State police found William and Penny Mallory of East Middlebury trapped in the 2020 Chevy truck that William had been driving. Middlebury Heavy Rescue was called to extricate them. Penny Mallory, 66, was airlifted to UVM Medical Center.

While troopers spoke with the driver of the other vehicle, identified as 25-year-old Sarah Clum of Chicago, they noted signs of impairment and screened her for driving under the influence. Police subsequently cited Clum for DUI.

A traffic ticket was pending.

Middlebury fire and police departments, Cornwall Fire Department, Middlebury Regional EMS and Mike’s Town assisted state police at the scene.

On Oct. 19, troopers closed Route 7 in Salisbury for 40 minutes for another accident that totaled two vehicles.

At around 8:30 p.m. that Tuesday, state police were called to a crash with a vehicle on fire on Route 7 near the intersection with Pomainville Drive.

Police said that Ervina Iseric, 30, of Essex Junction was driving a 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan southbound on Route 7 at a “high rate of speed” behind a 2002 Chevy Silverado pickup driven by a 16-year-old from Pittsford. Police said Iseric’s VW struck the rear end of the Chevy, causing it to leave the road and overturn. Iseric’s vehicle also left the road and caught fire. No occupants of the pickup were injured, though the driver was taken to Porter Hospital as a precaution.

Police cited Iseric for DUI and negligent driving, and issued her traffic tickets for following too closely, leaving her lane of traffic, and speeding.

Separately, on Oct. 21 at a 6:45 p.m., troopers converged on a crash scene on Route 100 in Rochester, where a pickup truck had  collided into a telephone pole, sustaining minor front-end damage. Police cited 71-year-old Michal Roy of Granville for DUI.

Then troopers responded to a one-car crash on Route 22A in Addison on Oct. 23, at around 12:15 a.m. When VSP arrived at the scene, they found that 23-year-old Morgan Huestis of Bridport being seen by members of the local rescue squad. He was subsequently taken to Porter Hospital. While speaking to Huestis, Troopers observed indicators of impairment and screened him for DUI. They subsequently cited Huestis for DUI.

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