Vermont State Police Log: Bristol man killed in ATV accident

BRISTOL — A Bristol man was killed in an ATV crash Sunday evening.

Vermont State Police said that they did not suspect alcohol to be a factor in the death of Matthew White, 54, of Bristol.

Troopers said White drove a 2020 CF Moto ATV up a hill on a dirt trail in the woods off Colin Drive (a side road off Cove Road near New Haven Mills) while marking the trail for later hunting. The ATV turned over and landed on him, police said. 

Someone called the state police at 7:48 p.m. on Sept. 11 for help. 

White was pronounced deceased on the scene.

Troopers were assisted at the crash site by members of the Bristol Fire Department, Bristol Rescue Squad and the Bristol and Middlebury police departments. This incident remains under investigation.

In other recent activity, troopers:

• On Sept. 11 at around 6:40 p.m. received the report of a family disturbance at the Blaise’s Trailer Park in Bristol. After investigating state police alleged that Sarah Waite, 35, of Bristol caused bodily injury to a domestic partner. Police took Waite to the New Haven barracks and cited her for domestic assault.

• On the morning of Sept. 12 asked for the public’s assistance locating a missing 81-year-old Ferrisburgh woman who was said to have dementia and additional mobility issues. At about 2 p.m. that day the woman was located safe and in good health by the Vergennes Fire Department technical group and a police dog. Vermont State Police thanked the responding agencies and members of the public for their assistance with this search.

• On Sept. 13 at 10 minutes before 10 p.m. logged a report of a motor vehicle crash into a Monkton Ridge Road home in Monkton. Troopers responded and determined that Adam Rutherford, 19, of Williston was driving a 2013 VW Jetta northbound on Monkton Road approaching the intersection of Monkton Ridge and Bristol roads. Police said Rutherford was distracted and failed to stop at a stop sign, crossed through the three-way “T” intersection and collided with the front porch of an apartment building. 

Rutherford’s Jetta bounced back after impact, striking a parked 2003 Saab and causing minor cosmetic damage. Debris that scattered from the collision struck another parked vehicle, a 2022 Kia Seltos, causing minor cosmetic damage. 

The Bristol Rescue Squad took Rutherford to UVM Medical Center for treatment of unspecified injuries. Troopers deemed Rutherford’s vehicle a total loss.

The Monkton Fire Department assisted police.

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