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Vermont State Police Log: Woman dies in Leicester crash

ADDISON COUNTY — A Fair Haven woman was killed Tuesday afternoon when the car she was driving was struck by a large truck on Route 7 at Leicester Four Corners.

Vermont State Police report that Lyudmila Cushing, 69, had died by the time they arrived.

At around 3:24 p.m. on March 15, state police received notice of a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Route 7 and Leicester Whiting Road in Leicester. After investigating, police determined that Cushing had been driving a 2013 Honda CRV eastbound on Leicester Whiting Road and had failed to safely enter Route 7.

A 2015 Kenworth semi-trailer truck driven by Norman Arnold, 59, of Brandon, struck the Honda in the intersection.

Both vehicles were judged to be totally wrecked. Arnold didn’t report any injuries.

On Tuesday evening, state police said their investigation was ongoing. They asked anyone with information about the crash to call the New Haven barracks at 802-388-4919 .

Troopers were assisted at the scene by Brandon Fire and Rescue.

In other recent activity, state police closed both lanes of Route 22A in the area of Duffany Road in Shoreham at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, due to a motor vehicle accident. Police didn’t provide further details other than to say the road was closed for about 75 minutes.

Separately, state police received a call at 4:45 p.m. on March 8 advising that a truck had crashed into a tree on Lemon Fair Road in Cornwall. The caller also told police the driver was possibly impaired.

Troopers went to the scene of the crash and said the driver — Christopher Bazen, 56, of Ticonderoga, N.Y. — displayed signs of impairment. They screened Bazan, arrested him, and took him to the New Haven barracks for processing. Police said Bazen refused to provide an evidentiary sample of his breath; they cited him for driving under the influence, criminal refusal.

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