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Vermont State Police Log: Middlebury man dies in car crash in Addison

ADDISON COUNTY — A 27-year-old Middlebury man was killed in a car crash in Addison this past Friday afternoon.

On Aug. 12 at about 3:21 p.m., Vermont State Police responded to report of a vehicle in a ditch off Town Line Road in Addison. Police said Bryan Krymlak was driving a 2005 Honda Pilot eastbound on the road, when he lost control of the vehicle and went into the ditch on the westbound side of the road.

Krymlak was ejected from the vehicle during the crash.

The ambulance took Krymlak to the University of Vermont Medical Center to be treated for serious injuries sustained in the crash. Krymlak died at the hospital.

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident, including driving prior to the crash, is asked to contact the New Haven barracks at 802-388-49149. Tips can be anonymously reported online at

State police were assisted on scene by Middlebury Regional EMS, Addison Volunteer Fire Department, Middlebury Heavy Rescue, and Town Line First Response.

In other cases on Aug. 8, Vermont State Police put out calls for the public’s help finding missing persons; both times the person turned up.

In the first case, troopers were alerted at 2:29 a.m. that 85-year-old Ross Elliott was missing from his Ripton home. At 11:14 a.m. police reported that he had been found and was safe.

At 3:20 a.m. that same day, state police were told that Chris Bettis, 46, of Hancock was missing from a Bristol address. Bettis was located and reported safe at 10 a.m.

In other recent activity, troopers:

  • On Aug. 10 at a little past 1 a.m. responded to a request for assistance from a disabled motorist on Route 73, near the intersection with Route 74 in Shoreham. Police ended up citing Elizabeth Morey, 28, of Brattleboro for driving under the influence and resisting arrest.
  • On Aug. 11 at 5:40 a.m. received a call from a concerned citizen about a submerged vehicle in a swamp off the side of the road at the intersection of Routes 7 and Route 17 at New Haven Junction. A trooper contacted the owner of the car, Thomas Hunt, 39, of Vergennes, who told police that he was the only occupant in the vehicle at the time of the crash.

Thomas complained of significant injuries and was evaluated at his residence by Vergennes Area Rescue Squat and then taken University of Vermont Medical Center for further treatment.

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone who witnessed this incident or interacted with Hunt on the evening of Aug. 10 or the morning of Aug. 11 is asked to contact the New Haven barracks at 802-388-49149. Tips can be anonymously reported online at

  • On Aug. 11 at around 10:20 p.m. responded to a one-car crash on Route 17 in Addison. Police said the 16-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle on the wet road and crashed into a ditch. No injuries were reported. Speed and distracted driving are suspected contributing factors, police said. Police said they planned to issue a traffic ticket.
  • On Aug. 14 at around 4:30 p.m. were told about a gun being fired toward a Main Street home in Whiting. Police said their investigation showed that Martin Landon Jr., 50, of Weybridge and Stephan Belanger, 29, of Middlebury shot a pellet gun at another person’s vehicle, shattering two of its windows.

Police found Landon and Belanger in Weybridge later that day and cited them both for two counts of unlawful mischief.

  • On Aug. 15 at about 8:45 p.m. responded to a report of a family fight at an East View Road home in Monkton. Police report that Caleb Hunter, 22, of Monkton attempted to cause serious bodily injury to two household members, though no injuries resulted.

Police found Hunter at a nearby residence, arrested him and took him to the New Haven Barracks for processing. They cited Hunter for first degree aggravated domestic assault.

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