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July 31, 2016

Press Release/Motor Vehicle Crash

STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE

PRESS RELEASE
MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH
               
CASE#:   16C302587
TROOPER: Paul F Sokolowski Jr/Ben Barton                                                         
STATION:   Shaftsbury Barracks                   
CONTACT#: 802-442-5421

DATE/TIME: 07-31-2016
LOCATION: 5053 Route 9, Woodford Vermont

VEHICLE #1
OPERATOR: Rikesh Patel
AGE:      22 yoa
SEAT BELT: Yes
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Bennington Vermont

DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE: Honda Ridgeline Truck
DAMAGE TO VEHICLE: Passenger side front fender/bumper area

VEHICLE #2
OPERATOR: Steven Vanni                                                                           
AGE:  51    
SEAT BELT? N/A (Wearing Helmet)
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Ohio

DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE: Harley Davison Motorcycle
DAMAGE TO VEHICLE: entire driver side and rear of motorcycle

HOSPITAL: Albany, NY                   
WEATHER:  Rain/low light-visibility          
ROAD COND: Wet

SUMMARY OF CRASH:

On 07-29-2016 at approximately 1315 hours, The Vermont State Police were dispatched to a car versus motorcycle crash at the Woodford General Store on Route 9 in Woodford Vermont. 

Upon arrival, Bennington Rescue and Bennington Rural Fire department were on scene. Once medical and Fire Services were being rendered, an investigation ensued. Vehicle #2 was heading west bound on Route 9, and began to turn into the parking lot of the Woodford General Store. Vehicle #1 was following Vehicle #2 and Operator #1 looked down to turn on his headlights. Vehicle #1 collided with Vehicle #2, causing Vehicle #2 to lose control and crash to the ground, while ejecting Vehicle# 2’s passenger. The passenger was air lifted to Albany Medical Center for head injuries sustained from the crash and Operator #2 transported via ambulance to Albany Medical Center for internal injuries, sustained from the crash. Operator #2 and the passenger were later released from the hospital and are now home in Ohio.

This crash still under investigation and anyone with information should contact Trooper Sokolowski at 802-442-5421.


Trooper Paul F Sokolowski Jr
Vermont State Police
Shaftsbury Barracks
96 Airport Road
Shaftsbury, Vermont 05262
Phone: 802-442-5421
Fax:       802-442-3263