STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE
MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH
DATE/TIME: September 30, 2016 at approximately 1731 hours
STREET: US Route 7 South
TOWN: Rutland Town
LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: Seward Road
INTERSTATE MILE MARKER: N/A
ROAD CONDITIONS: Dry
OPERATOR: David W. Bentley
SEAT BELT? Y/N: No
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: East Wallingford, VT
VEHICLE YEAR: 2006
VEHICLE MAKE: Ford
VEHICLE MODEL: Freestyle
DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: Moderate contact damage to the driver’s side door and left/rear door.
OPERATOR: James N. Marsh
SEAT BELT? Y/N: Yes
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Youngstown, OH
VEHICLE YEAR: 2001
VEHICLE MAKE: Lincoln
VEHICLE MODEL: 4-door sedan
DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #2: Moderate contact damage to right/front corner including fender, bumper and hood.
SUMMARY OF CRASH:
On September 30, 2016 at approximately 1731 hours, Troopers from the Vermont State Police-Rutland Barracks responded to a two-car motor vehicle crash near the intersection of US Route 7 South and Seward Road in Rutland Town.
Preliminary investigation revealed that operator # 1 (David W. Bentley) was traveling south in the #2 (passing lane) of US Route 7 while operator #2 (James N. Marsh) was also traveling south on the same road, in the left turn lane for Seward Road. Operator #2 indicated he intended to turn left, onto Seward Road. As vehicle #2 approached vehicle #1 and began to pass on its left, operator #1 changed lanes into the same left turn lane which vehicle #2 was occupying, causing the left side of vehicle #1 to strike the right/front corner of vehicle #2. Operator #1 advised he didn’t see vehicle #2 in the lane.
No one was injured as a result of the crash. Northbound traffic was delayed for a short time while the vehicles were moved from the roadway under their own power. Operator #1 (Bentley) was found at fault for the crash and in violation of Title 23 V.S.A. 1038, Driving on roadways laned for traffic. Additionally, operator #1 was issued multiple Vermont Civil Violation Complaints including a ticket for having an unrestrained child inside the vehicle at the time of the crash.
PBT%: N/A (None administered)
Vermont Civil Violation Complaints for operator #1(Bentley):
T23 VSA 301; Persons required to register
T23 VSA 800(a): No insurance
T23 VSA 676: Operating while suspended or revoked
T23 VSA 1258: Child restraint systems
T23 VSA 1038: Driving on roadways laned for traffic, accident resulting
T23 VSA 1222: Vehicle not inspected within 15 days of registration
MUG SHOT: N/A
COURT ACTION: N/A (non-criminal)
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