STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE
MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH
DATE/TIME: 7/24/16 - 1207 hours
LOCATION: Bellows Falls Rd, Putney
OPERATOR: Joshua Perry
SEAT BELT? Y
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Bellows Falls, VT
DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE: Chevrolet Truck
DAMAGE TO VEHICLE: Broken passenger side mirror
BICYCLIST: Thomas Hinckley
SEAT BELT? N/A
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Putney, VT
DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE: Bicycle
DAMAGE TO VEHICLE: None
V # / NAME / CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE / AGE / SEAT BELT? / NATURE OF INJURY
2 / Thomas Hinckley / Putney, VT / 56 / NA / Back and side
ROAD COND: DRY
SUMMARY OF CRASH: On 7/24/16 at approximately 1207 hours the State Police received a call from Josh Perry advising that he had just struck a bicyclist with his side-view mirror on US Route 5, near S Pine Banks Rd, in the Town of Putney.
The cyclist was identified as Thomas Hinckley. Investigation revealed that Perry was traveling north on US Route 5 and came upon Hinkley who was riding his bicycle north on the shoulder. Perry advised that he was coming over a hillcrest and did not see Hinkley on the shoulder. Partially due to his truck having oversized side-view mirrors, the passenger side mirror struck Hinkley in the back and side, just under his left arm.
Perry pulled to the side, called 911, and attempted to aid Hinkley until an ambulance arrived.
Perry was issued a ticket for Improperly passing a vulnerable user, a violation of Title 23 VSA section 1033(b). Hinkley was transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries to his back and side.