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Vermont State Police Log: Middlebury man dies in crash

ADDISON COUNTY — A Middlebury man was killed Saturday afternoon when the car he was driving left a rain-slickened road in Weybridge and struck a tree.

Vermont State Police report that David K. Ricklefs, 53, was driving a 2013 Subaru Impreza northbound on Morgan Horse Farm Road at around 4:12 p.m. on April 12 when he lost control of the vehicle between the Morgan Horse Farm and the Rattlin’ Bridge, crossed the road and slammed into a tree on the southbound shoulder of the road.

Ricklefs sustained critical injuries, and Middlebury Regional EMS rushed him to UVM Medical Center in Burlington, where he died.

The Vermont State Police Crash Reconstruction Team responded and assisted with investigating this incident. Middlebury police and the Weybridge Fire Department also assisted at the scene.

Anyone who may have information that could aid in this investigation is encouraged to contact the Vermont State Police, New Haven barracks, at 802-388-4919.

Elsewhere, a trooper noticed several moving vehicle violations on New Haven Road near the intersection of Route 7 in Vergennes on April 9 at around 5 p.m. They identified the driver as Dylan Lussier, 23, of Bristol and observed indicators of impairment, so they screened Lussier for drunken driving. Police said they determined that had been intoxicated while driving, and furthermore had a child in the backseat of the vehicle while under the influence.

Police took Lussier  to the New Haven state police barracks for processing, where he was later released to a sober adult with a citation to appear in Addison County Superior Court, Criminal Division, to answer charges of driving under the influence and reckless endangerment. The officer also issued Lussier traffic tickets that carry a total of $706 in fines and five points on his insurance. The tickets were for driving an unregistered vehicle, driving without insurance, following too closely and driving with an open container of marijuana.

State police also cited two others recently for driving under the influence.

The first was also on April 9, when troopers responded a little before 8 p.m. to Panton Road in Panton for a report of a stolen vehicle. Police located the vehicle and identified the driver as Nathan M. Redmond, 39, of Panton. Police cited Redmond for DUI, third offense, and for driving a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent. Police also discovered crack cocaine on Redmond’s person and cited him for possession of cocaine, as well.

The other drunken driving case originated about a quarter past midnight on April 13, when troopers responded to a call about a suspicious truck off the roadway in front of 341 Plank Road in Ferrisburgh. Police ended up citing the driver, identified as Grady Devoid, 22, of Waltham, for DUI.

State police reported one other recent Addison County incident. At 8:45 a.m. on April 11, a trooper stopped a motor vehicle on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh after observing a traffic infraction. The officer ended up citing Brian K. Larrow, 35, of Brandon for driving with a criminally suspended license.

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