Vermont State Police Log: Waltham woman dies in Route 7 crash in Ferrisburgh

ADDISON COUNTY —  The driver of a Subaru was killed in a Route 7 crash in Ferrisburgh this past Friday just after midnight. Vermont State Police took several days investigating before they could identify the person who died in the fiery crash and notify the next of kin.

On the evening of Wednesday, May 24, they said that Katherine Looby, 36, of Waltham was killed in the crash.

Troopers report that Looby was driving a 2012 Subaru Impreza  southbound on Route 7 near Dakin Farm at around 12:12 a.m. when it crossed over into the northbound lane and crashed into a 2016 Volvo VNL tractor-trailer hauling a load of empty kegs to Shelburne. The two vehicles came to rest next to the guardrails on the west side of the highway, and the Subaru caught fire. The blaze destroyed both vehicles. Looby reportedly was not wearing a seat belt.

The New Jersey man driving the tractor-trailer was uninjured, police said.

The road was described as dry at the time of the crash and the weather clear.

Route 7 was closed for about nine hours. 

Police said further information of the deceased driver would be released pending notification to next-of-kin. Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to contact Trooper Nicole Twamley at [email protected] or by calling 802-388-4919. 

State police were assisted by Ferrisburgh Fire Department & Rescue, Vergennes Fire Department, Vergennes Area Rescue Squad, Vermont Hazmat Team and DMV Police.

In other recent activity, Vermont State Police:

 • On May 17 at a little after 9 p.m. saw a traffic violation and stopped a car on Route 30 in Cornwall near Sperry Road. Police sited Jesus Rodriguez, 27, of Bristol for driving under the influence.

• On May 22 at 8:41 a.m. responded to a report of a family fight at a Granville home. Police arrested Mark Hammond, 53, of Granville and cited him for domestic assault and for interfering with a person’s access to emergency services.

• On June 23 at around 5 p.m. responded to a disturbance on Lewis Creek Drive in Ferrisburgh. Troopers investigated and said that Jeffrey Debes, 54, of Ferrisburgh assaulted a 12-year-old who had ridden a dirt bike near his property. Debes also engaged in tumultuous behavior and used obscene language directed at the juvenile in a public place, police alleged. The trooper arrested Debes, took him to the New Haven barracks and cited him for simple assault and aggravated disorderly conduct.

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