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February 12, 2017

Snowmobile Crash- Pownal

VSP Press Release-Incident

STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE

PRESS RELEASE
       
CASE#: 17B300478
RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Justin Walker                            
STATION: Shaftsbury Field Station                    
CONTACT#: 802-442-5421

DATE/TIME: 02/11/17 @ 2041 hours
LOCATION: Indian Massacre Road, Pownal
VIOLATION: N/A

ACCUSED:                                               
AGE:
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE:

VICTIM: Elijah Dickinson
AGE:
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE:

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: On 02/11/17 at approximately 2041 hours Vermont State
Police were dispatched to Indian Massacre Road, Pownal, for a reported
snowmobile crash. Upon arrival, Troopers began an investigation into the
incident.

Investigation revealed a snowmobile being operated by Christopher Dickinson,
collided with Elijah Dickinson, who had stopped and gotten off of his
snowmobile. As Christopher approached Elijah's snowmobile, he steered to avoid
colliding with the snowmobile, however struck Elijah, who was standing several
feet away from the snowmobile. Chris attempted to steer away from Elijah and
avoid hitting him, however was unable to avoid collision and struck Elijah.

This collision resulted in Elijah sustaining severe injuries to his leg. Elijah
was transported by ambulance to the Southwest Vermont Medical Center and
subsequently airlifted to Albany Medical Center for further treatment.
Investigation revealed Elijah was not wearing reflective clothing, which
hindered Christopher Dickinson's ability to see Elijah until it was too late.
There are no anticipated criminal charges pending, however this incident remains
under investigation.

The Vermont State Police wish to remind snowmobile riders to always wear
protective  clothing, including the appropriate helmets. This also includes any reflective material,
especially for night time riding when visibility is poor.


COURT ACTION: N
COURT DATE: N/A            
COURT:
LODGED - LOCATION:     
BAIL:

Tpr. Justin Walker
Vermont State Police
Shaftsbury Field Station
96 Airport Road
Shaftsbury, VT 05262
Phone (802) 442-5421
Fax (802)442-3263