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Vermont State Police Log: Student on bike struck by car

ADDISON COUNTY — A Middlebury College student riding a bike in Cornwall this past Thursday was struck by a car driven by a Shoreham woman; fortunately the crash resulted only in suspected minor injuries, according to Vermont State Police.

At around 4:41 p.m. on Oct. 5, troopers were called to a report of a vehicle vs. bicycle collision at the intersection of Routes 30 and 74 in Cornwall village. 

State police recount that Danette F. Grant, 62, of Shoreham was driving a 2022 Kia Soul southbound on Route 30, as 23-year-old Grayson Shanley Barr of Princeton, N.J., rode a Trk Pilot 5.2 bicycle in the same direction on that road. Police say that Grant began to take a right turn onto Route 74 when the car struck the cyclist, who was traveling across the intersection rather than turning. 

The bicycle sustained front-end damage and the car was damaged on the passenger side. Middlebury Regional Emergency Medical Services took Shanley Barr to Porter Medical Center for treatment of suspected minor injuries. The Cornwall Fire Department also responded. The weather was described as clear and the roadway as dry.

Police issued Grant a ticket for driving at an unsafe speed, which carries a $220 fine and two points on her insurance.

Separately, state police dealt with four other motor vehicle crashes in the past week.

The first accident was in Granville. On Oct. 4 at a little before 2 p.m. troopers were notified of a car vs. truck crash on Route 100 near Moss Glen Falls. Troopers determined that a 2015 Subaru Forester driven by William Senning, 44, of Duxbury reduced its speed, and then a Volvo WG64 truck driven by Wendell E. Barney Sr., 79, of Williamstown struck the rear end of the Subaru. Senning sustained injuries that were suspected to be minor, and he was taken by Mad River Valley Ambulance to Berlin Hospital. Both vehicles were damaged.

Troopers were assisted by the Warren constable and the Granville Fire Department. 

The next local incident occurred only a short time later in Bristol. In this case, on Oct. 4 at 6:15 p.m., state police responded a car vs. tractor crash on Lower Notch Road. Troopers report that a blue Subaru Impreza driven by Richard L. Cram, 65, of Middlebury southbound on Lower Notch Road attempted to pass a 1966 Ford 5000 tractor that was turning left onto Evergreen Drive. Cram’s sedan struck the tractor and fled the scene. Troopers later found the Impreza and identified the Cram as the driver. While speaking to Cram, troopers observed indicators of impairment, screened him, and cited him for driving under the influence of drugs and leaving the scene of an accident.

The tractor sustained front-end damage; the Impreza was judged to be a total loss.

Troopers were assisted by Bristol and Vergennes police.

The third crash was on Oct. 5 just before 9 p.m. on Gap Road in Goshen. Police report that Tiemeng Ma, 27, of State College, Penn., was driving a 2023 Chrysler Pacifica westbound on the road when she lost control of her vehicle, left the roadway, and struck a guardrail. Ma and one passenger were uninjured, but a second passenger sustained minor injuries and was taken to Rutland Regional Medical Center for further evaluation. The Chrysler was totaled.

Police believe that Ma was driving too fast.

State police were assisted on scene by members of the Brandon police, rescue  and fire departments.

Troopers’ fourth crash response of the week was on Oct. 6 just before 3 p.m., when they were called to a one-vehicle crash on Mount Independence Road in Orwell. Police said Anthony Bezanson, 41, of Orwell was driving a 2011 GMC Sierra when he rounded a corner headed west and struck a large circular haybale that had fallen off a farm truck. The impact caused severe damage to the front of his pickup truck, leaving it disabled in the roadway. Bezanson was not injured, but his passenger was transported to Porter Medical Center with suspected minor injuries.

Police said a traffic ticket was pending.

In other recent activity, troopers:

• Cited Dylan A. Devoid, 28, of Bristol for negligent driving on Oct. 3 after they caught him driving a white Chevy Silverado pickup at 92 mph in a 50 mph zone on Route 7 in Charlotte at around 4:30 p.m.

• Cited Jeffrey Severson, 64, of Burlington for driving under the influence on Oct. 6. At around 10:20 p.m. that day, troopers stopped Severson’s vehicle on Route 7 near Greenbush Road in Ferrisburgh, observed signs that Severson was impaired and cited him.

• Cited Bryan D. Fernandes, 34, of Addison for driving under the influence after he crashed a 1998 Toyota Avalon he was driving on Oct. 7. State police said Fernandes had been driving the Avalon on Route 7 in Pittsford around 10:20 p.m. when the vehicle apparently hydroplaned, left the road and struck a business sign, a parked vehicle and a power pole before coming to rest. While speaking with Fernandes, police said they detected signs of alcohol impairment. 

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