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August 6, 2016

Press Release Crash / VSP Westminster / 16D000859 / Town of Brattleboro

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

                                                                                                           

CASE#: 16D000859

TROOPER: Sgt. Buckley                                               

STATION: VSP Westminster              

CONTACT#: 802-722-4600

 

DATE/TIME: 08/05/2016 at approximately 1615 hours

LOCATION: Interstate 91, southbound mile marker 11/40, Town of Brattleboro

 

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR: Sarah A. Cohen

AGE: 19     
SEAT BELT? Yes

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Dix Hills, NY

 

DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE: 2006 Honda Pilot

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE: Moderate damage to the front end, driver side and passenger side front quarter panels and front axle.

 

VEHICLE #2

OPERATOR: Timothy J. Kingsbury                                            

AGE: 64     

SEAT BELT? Yes

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Putney, VT

 

DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE: 2007 Chevrolet HHR

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE: Moderate damage to the rear bumper, passenger side rear quarter panel and passenger side rear axle area.

 

INJURIES

V # / NAME / CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE / AGE / SEAT BELT? / NATURE OF INJURY

V#1 / Sarah Cohen / Dix Hills, NY / 19 / yes / Transported to BMH for precautionary reasons due to crash.

HOSPITAL: BMH               

WEATHER: Sunny and warm

ROAD COND: Dry pavement

 

SUMMARY OF CRASH:

On 08/06/2016 at approximately 1615 hours, VSP Westminster was notified of a two vehicle crash with injuries on Interstate 91 southbound in the area of the exit 3 interchange in the Town of Brattleboro. This crash was reported to have occurred in the construction zone.

 

Upon the arrival of Troopers it was determined that as Cohen traveled southbound in the construction zone at approximately 50 miles per hour, she looked at her GPS briefly to try to determine the progress of her trip. As a result of Cohen momentarily taking her eyes off the roadway, she was unable to recognize that the vehicle in front of her operated by Kingsbury had stopped. Cohen reported that when she looked back at the roadway, she determined that the vehicle in front of her had stopped. Cohen advised that she took evasive action to try to avoid colliding with the vehicle stopped in front of her. Cohen reported that although she tried to avoid the vehicle, she was unable to do so. The investigation revealed that the driver’s side front end of Cohen’s vehicle struck the passenger side rear of Kingsbury’s vehicle. After Cohen hit Kingsbury’s vehicle, she traveled across the southbound lane and struck the bridge on the west shoulder of the roadway. Both vehicles were towed from the scene due to damage sustained. Rescue Inc. responded to the scene and transported Cohen to BMH. Traffic in the area was slowed and backed up as a result of the crash for approximately one hour.

 

COURT ACTION: No

COURT DATE: N/A                          

COURT: N/A

LODGED LOCATION: N/A              

BAIL: N/A

MUG SHOT: No