Vermont State Police Log: Troopers respond to truck hitting pedestrian

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police were called to the Aubuchon Hardware parking lot off Monkton Road in Ferrisburgh this past Monday morning for a report that a pickup truck had struck a pedestrian.

Troopers report that at around 10 a.m. on Oct. 30, Juanita Simmons, 81, of Addison walked into the parking lot from the store and was struck by a Ford F-150 driven by Kenneth Lafountain Jr., 78, of Bristol. Lafountain apparently pulling out of a parking space when the accident happened, police said.

The Vergennes Area Rescue Squad took Simmons to UVM Medical Center for treatment of a suspected head injury.

Police cited Lafountain for negligent driving and issued a traffic ticket as well.

Troopers were assisted on scene by Vergennes police.

On Oct. 28, state police joined with Middlebury police and Addison County Sheriff’s deputies to conduct a sobriety checkpoint in the New Haven Junction on Route 7. The purpose of the checkpoint was to detect and identify impaired drivers and promote safe driving. Between 8 and 9:30 p.m., police encountered 223 vehicles and officers stopped and talked with 11 drivers. Police cited Joshua Faulkner, 43, of Starksboro for driving under the influence. 

State police responded to a report of a shooting in Bristol on Monday evening. They ended up arresting a Burlington teen, who was arraigned on Tuesday for second-degree murder. See story on Page 1A.

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