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September 22, 2016

VSP Press Release, Serious Injury Crash, Whitingham VT

STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE

PRESS RELEASE
MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

CASE#:  16C303275                          
TROOPER: Wayne Godfrey
STATION:             Shaftsbury                         
CONTACT#: 802-442-5421

DATE/TIME: 09/22/2016 approximately 0200 hrs
STREET: Tunnel Street
TOWN:Whitingham VT
LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: 1 mile north of Bosley Hill Road
INTERSTATE MILE MARKER: NA
WEATHER:           Clear
ROAD CONDITIONS: Clear,Good

VEHICLE #1
OPERATOR: Patrick Belliveau
AGE:      24
SEAT BELT? Y
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Gardner, MA

VEHICLE YEAR: 2007
VEHICLE MAKE: Dodge
VEHICLE MODEL:Durango
DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: Totaled, front end, undercarriage, passenger side.
INJURIES: Operator, Fractured arm.
HOSPITAL: Southwestern VT Medical Center


Passenger of V1: Not identified as family being notified.
INJURIES: Multiple compound fractures, internal injuries, head injuries.
HOSPITAL: Albany Medical Center (Life Flighted by helicopter from scene)




SUMMARY OF CRASH:

On 09/22/2016 the Vermont State Police, Readsboro Fire Department and North Adams Rescue Squad responded to a single vehicle crash on Tunnel Street in the town of Whitingham VT.  Troopers located a single vehicle off the side of Tunnel Street that had impacted a tree.  The operator had left the scene on foot and was not present.  The single passenger was entrapped in the vehicle and was extricated by the Readsboro Fire Department. 

The passenger whose identity is being withheld pending notification of family members suffered multiple serious injuries and was air lifted by medical helicopter from the scene.  The passenger is still currently being treated at the Albany Medical Center and is listed in critical condition.

The operator was located a short time later approximately 4 miles away and was taken into custody.  The operator, Patrick Belliveau was screened for alcohol and drug impairment and his blood alcohol level was determined to be .089%. 

Belliveau is being charged with Gross Negligent Operation serious bodily injury, Leaving the scene of a crash with serious bodily injury.  Belliveau may also be charged with Driving Under the Influence pending the results of evidentiary tests. 

Tunnel Street was closed to traffic for approximately 3 hours while the crash was investigated.

Anyone with information related to this crash should contact the Vermont State Police at 802-442-5421.


PBT%:.089
LODGED - LOCATION:     N/A
BAIL: N/A
MUG SHOT: N (Mug shot will be available at a later date, subject still being medically treated)
COURT ACTION: Y
COURT:Bennington
COURT DATE/TIME: Pending



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               Sgt. Robert Zink
           Patrol Commander
              Vermont State Police
           Shaftsbury Field Station