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June 7, 2016

FW: **** UPDATE **** Press Release / Vermont State Police-Rutland / 2 VH Crash FATAL / 15C107073 **** UPDATE ****

**** UPDATE ****


On June 2, 2016,  Lashawn Jones, operator of the semi-truck (vehicle #1), was charged with three counts of Gross Negligent Operation with Death Resulting.  A thorough review of the investigation was conducted by members of the Vermont State Police and Rutland County State’s Attorney Rose Kennedy. Through the course of this investigation, witness statements and evidence at the scene led investigators to believe that Lashawn Jones operated her 2016 International tractor trailer in a gross negligent manner on December 29, 2015, during hazardous operating conditions. This led Jones’ vehicle to cross the center line and crash head on into the Cadillac Escalade operated by Ryszard Malarczyk as he and his family traveled westbound on US RT 4 in Killington, Vermont. The collision between these vehicles was tremendous and as a result, Ryszard Malarczyk, his wife Anita Malarczyk, and their friend Jaroslaw Karczewski were killed. The siblings Monica Malarczyk, Peter Malarczyk, and Natalie Malarczyk sustained extensive injuries, although non-life threatening.


Lashawn Jones is scheduled to appear before a judicial officer at the Superior Court of Vermont, Criminal Division, in Rutland on June 27, 2016.



From: Cacciatore, Charles
Sent: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 3:09 PM
To: DPS - mediasouth
Subject: Update with ages and Hometowns: Press Release / Vermont State Police-Rutland / 2 VH Crash FATAL / 15C107073 **UPDATE**


Subject: [MEDIASOUTH] FW: Press Release / Vermont State Police-Rutland / 2 VH Crash FATAL / 15C107073 **UPDATE**









CASE#: 15C107073

TROOPER: Trooper Steven Gelder                                                             

STATION: Rutland Barracks                    

CONTACT#: 802-773-9101


DATE/TIME: 12/29/2015  1415 hrs

LOCATION: US RT 4, Killington, Vermont



OPERATOR: Lashawn Jones

AGE: 41




DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE: 2016 International  

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE: Severe contact damage to front.    



OPERATOR: Ryszard Malarczyk

AGE: 51


CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Hastings on Hudson, NY


DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE: 2009 Cadillac Escalade  

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE: Severe damage throughout; totaled.


INJURIES: OP#1 (Lashawn Jones )was transported for examination. OP#2 (Ryszard Malarczyk) and his wife, Anita Malarczyk (age 50, of Hastings On Hudson, NY), and their friend, Jaroslaw Karczewski {age 51 of Poland (the country)}, were pronounced deceased on scene. Monica Malarczyk (age 22 of Hastings on Hudson, NY), Peter Malarczyk (age 20 of Hastings on Hudson, NY) and Natalie Malarczyk (age 16 of Hastings on Hudson, NY) were transported to the hospital for medical examination. The extent of their injuries are unknown, however, are not life threatening.  


HOSPITAL: Rutland Regional Medical Center then to UVM Medical Center in Burlington, VT

WEATHER: Overcast, intermittent rain showers.

ROAD COND: Road conditions were poor; mostly covered with slush and ice due to morning snow and sleet showers.    




On December 29, 2015, at approximately 1415 hrs, Vermont State Police responded to a two vehicle crash on US RT 4, near Shady Knoll, in Killington, Vermont.


Preliminary investigation, revealed that a 2016 International tractor-trailer owned by Roehl Transport Inc. of Marshfield, Wisconsin, and a 2009 Cadillac Escalade were involved in a head on collision. Lashawn Jones was driving the semi-truck with trailer eastbound on US RT 4 as the Cadillac Escalade was traveling west.


Although the investigation remains ongoing, witnesses reported the semi-truck veered across the center line and entered the westbound lane as it traveled east. The semi-truck collided head on with the Cadillac causing extreme damage and killing the front passengers and ejecting a third.


Anyone with information regarding this crash are encouraged to contact the Vermont State Police at 802-773-9101 or submit an anonymous tip text "CRIMES" to keyword "VTIPS" or utilize Vtips.Info in order to submit anonymous information.







Trooper Gelder

Vermont State Police

124 State Place

Rutland, VT 05701


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