STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE
MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH
STATION: VSP-St. Johnsbury
DATE/TIME: 12/19/16 @ 1413 hours
STREET: I-91 North
INTERSTATE MILE MARKER: 96
ROAD CONDITIONS: Dry, Paved
OPERATOR: Kevin Laplaca
SEAT BELT? Y
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Wilder, VT
VEHICLE YEAR: 2016
VEHICLE MAKE: Chevrolet
VEHICLE MODEL: Cruze
DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: Heavy Front End
OPERATOR: Emily Fadden
SEAT BELT? Y
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Woodsville, NH
VEHICLE YEAR: 2009
VEHICLE MAKE: Honda
VEHICLE MODEL: Civic
DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #2: Heavy All Around. Totaled.
INJURIES: Possible Arm
SUMMARY OF CRASH: State Police responded to a report of a two vehicle rollover crash on I-91 north near mile marker 96 in Fairlee at approximately 1413 hours. Troopers learned a 2016 Chevy Cruze operated by Kevin Laplaca was traveling north when it collided with the rear end of a 2009 Honda Civic operated by Emily Fadden.
Investigation found that Laplaca, who's NH driver's license is suspended, was traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of the collision. Additionally, he was not looking at the roadway as he was bent over looking for a cigarette lighter on the passenger floor when he ran into the back of Fadden's vehicle causing it to go off the east side of the roadway and roll numerous times. Laplaca had also been talking on his cell phone shortly before the crash.
Fadden was transported via Upper Valley Ambulance to DHMC for a possible arm injury. Her vehicle was totaled. Laplaca was not injured. His vehicle sustained heavy front end damage and was secured as evidence.
Laplaca was issued a citation to appear in Orange County Court on 02/15/17 to answer the charge of Grossly Negligent Operation of a Vehicle.
MUG SHOT: N
COURT ACTION: Y
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the court. Please call the criminal court clerk to confirm arraignment time.
Trooper David Shaffer
Vermont State Police- St. Johnsbury
Please note new email address (eff. 07/27/15) David.Shaffer@Vermont.Gov