Vermont State Police Log for Feb. 15

ADDISON COUNTY — A Ripton man was killed in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of East Street and Market Road in Bridport on Feb. 6, according to Vermont State Police.

State police said they were informed of the crash at around 2:30 p.m. that Tuesday. Their preliminary investigation showed that 62-year-old John Terry of Ripton was driving a 2014 Jeep Patriot westbound on Market Road when he failed to stop at the posted Stop sign. Police said Terry proceeded into the southbound lane of East Street and was struck by a 2023 Dodge Big Horn pickup driven by Keith Betourney, 57, of Bridport.

Both vehicles left the roadway and roll over several times before coming to rest, according to police. They said Terry was killed in the crash, while Betourney was treated at Porter Hospital for a minor injury to one of his fingers.

Terry wasn’t buckled in, while Betourney was wearing his seatbelt, police said.

Both vehicles were totaled, according to police, who added the roads were dry and the weather was clear at the time of the accident.

State troopers were assisted at the scene by the VSP Crash Reconstruction Team, Bridport Fire Department and Middlebury Regional EMS. 

In other recent activity, state police stopped an out-of-state driver speeding through Addison County in the middle of the night last week.

On Feb. 7 at around 1 a.m., troopers were conducting speed enforcement on Route 7 near the intersection of Greenbush Road in Ferrisburgh when they spotted a red Hyundai Sonata traveling southbound on Route 7 in excess of the speed limit. Police said their radar clocked the car at 87 mph in a 50 mph zone. They stopped the car and cited Ridvan Sari, 26, of Paterson, N.J., for negligent driving and excessive speed.

Separately, VSP and Bristol police went to a home on Burpee Road in Bristol on Feb. 7 at around 9:45 p.m. to investigate an alleged assault. Troopers said they determined Travis Huestis, 33, of Bristol, had caused bodily harm to a household member.  They cited Huestis for domestic assault. 

On Monday, Feb. 12, state police noted their investigation into the death of 44-year-old Stephen Nuciolo Sr. remains active and ongoing. Nuciolo was found deceased on the morning inside Jan. 24  at his Bridpoirt home. The Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington revealed the cause of Nuciolo’s death as being a gunshot wound to the head, though authorities have yet to determine the circumstances surrounding the death. They said ongoing toxicology testing could take “weeks to months” to complete.

Anyone with information that could assist investigators in this case is asked to call the Vermont State Police’s New Haven barracks at 802-388-4919 or provide an anonymous tip online at

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