Vermont State Police Log: Crashes send a few people to the hospital

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police reported three motor vehicle crashes between Feb. 1 and 8; and troopers also found a missing person and started investigation of gunfire into a Monkton home.

The first crash took place on Feb. 1 at around 8 a.m., when troopers responded to a two-vehicle crash on Route 7 in New Haven. Police said Joey Boise, 49, of New Haven was driving a GMC 2500 pickup southbound on Route 7 and stopped to turn left into the Cyclewise parking lot when he was struck from behind by a 2017 Chevy TRX driven by Danielle Wallace, 39, of Vergennes. Boise was uninjured, but Wallace was taken to UVM Medical Center for treatment of injuries that were suspected to be minor.

Police closed Route 7 for approximately 45 minutes to clean up after the crash.

Troopers were assisted on scene by members of the Department of Motor Vehicles, New Haven Fire and Rescue and Middlebury Regional EMS.

State police remind drivers that during winter months snow and ice may cause vision issues.

Separately, on Feb. 3 at 11:22 p.m., state police logged a report of a one-car roll over crash on 116 South near Carlstrom Road in Bristol. No injuries were reported for driver Savannah Leclaire, 26, of Richford, though she was taken to Porter Hospital. Police allege that she was intoxicated, and after she was released from Porter, Leclaire was taken to the New Haven state police barracks, where she was processed and cited for driving under the influence, second offense.

Finally, on Feb. 8 at a few minutes after 5 p.m., troopers responded to a two-car crash at the intersection of Route 30 and Leicester Whiting Road in the Whiting village. Police report that Walter Duda, 88, of Poultney was driving a 1993 Honda Civic westbound on Leicester Whiting Road when he failed to stop at a stop sign and entered Route 30 at approximately 30 mph. Duda’s Honda stuck a 2019 Subaru Outback driven southbound on Route 30 at about 40 mph by Katherine Stiles, 30, of Hubbardton.

Stiles was not injured during the crash, but Duda and a passenger were.

Duda was taken to Porter Medical Center for suspected minor injuries and his passenger, 44-year-old Jackie Doty of Poultney, was transported to UVM Medical Center.

Both cars were judged to be total losses.

Impairment was not suspected to be a contributing factor in this crash. Police issued Duda two traffic tickets with a combined fee of $382.

Meanwhile, state police have asked the public for help determining the origin of gunfire into a Monkton home on Feb. 1. On that Wednesday at 4:35 p.m., troopers responded to a report of gunshots fired into a residence on Vaughn Court in Monkton. No one in the home was injured.

Troopers canvassed the area and interviewed several witnesses. Evidence collected at the scene indicated that approximately five shots were fired at the home from outside. Police also gathered evidence from inside the residence.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact the New Haven barracks at 802-388-4919. You can also submit an anonymous tip online at

And on Feb. 2 at a few minutes before 11 p.m., troopers responded to a report of a missing person in Bristol. The Bristol resident was last seen leaving his residence a day earlier. The disappearance was not believed to be suspicious, but there were concerns for the person’s wellbeing. Vermont State Police requested the public help in finding the resident. The missing person was reported to be found and safe at 7:17 the next morning.



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