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March 31, 2017

Williston Barracks / Motor Vehicle Crash

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

 

CASE#: 17A101452                                                         

TROOPER RANK / FULL NAME: Corporal Mark Magnant

STATION: Williston                                 

CONTACT#: 802-878-7111

 

DATE/TIME: March 31, 2017 / 11:50 hours

STREET: Ethan Allen Highway (US-7)

TOWN: Charlotte

LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: North of the F-5 Intersection, area of Horsford’s Nursery (Nursery Lane)

INTERSTATE MILE MARKER: N/A

WEATHER: Snowing     

ROAD CONDITIONS: Wet

 

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR:  Edward A. Woodruff

AGE: 70   

SEAT BELT? Unknown at this time

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE:  Westport, NY

 

VEHICLE YEAR: 2011

VEHICLE MAKE: Ford

VEHICLE MODEL: Ranger

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: Disabling, Heavy Front End and Side Damage, Total Loss

INJURIES: Serious, incapacitating, non-life threatening

HOSPITAL: UVM Medical Center

 

VEHICLE #2

OPERATOR: Patricia A. Richardson  

AGE: 66

SEAT BELT? Yes

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Shrewsbury, VT

 

VEHICLE YEAR: 2005

VEHICLE MAKE: Toyota

VEHICLE MODEL: Tundra

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: Gray  

INJURIES:  No Injuries

HOSPITAL: N/A

 

VEHICLE # 3

OPERATOR:  Michelle Brick  

AGE: 55  

SEAT BELT? Unknown at this time

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Colchester, VT  

 

VEHICLE YEAR:  2010

VEHICLE MAKE: Subaru

VEHICLE MODEL: Forester

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1:  Disabling, Heavy Damage throughout, Total Loss

INJURIES:  Serious, incapacitating, non-life threatening

HOSPITAL:  UVM Medical Center

 

VEHICLE # 4

OPERATOR: Ashley Francis    

AGE:  22

SEAT BELT?  Yes

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Milton, VT

 

PASSENGER: Samantha Clift

AGE: 23

SEAT BELT?  Yes

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Argyle, NY

                               

VEHICLE YEAR: 2007

VEHICLE MAKE: Toyota

VEHICLE MODEL: Camry

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: Disabling, Heavy Front and Rear End Damage, Total Loss  

INJURIES:  (See Below)

OPERATOR: Chest injury

PASSENGER: Head Injury

HOSPITAL: UVM Medical Center

 

VEHICLE # 5

OPERATOR: Shannon Ryan   

AGE: 28  

SEAT BELT? Yes

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: South Burlington, VT

 

VEHICLE YEAR: 2011

VEHICLE MAKE: GMC

VEHICLE MODEL: Fed-Ex Delivery Truck

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1:  Disabling, Moderate, Right Front End Damage

INJURIES:  No Injuries

HOSPITAL: N/A

 

VEHICLE # 6

OPERATOR:  Kathy Rivard

AGE: 47  

SEAT BELT? Yes

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Morrisville, VT

 

VEHICLE YEAR: 2013

VEHICLE MAKE: Ford

VEHICLE MODEL: Escape

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: Windshield  

INJURIES:  No Injuries

HOSPITAL: N/A

 

SUMMARY OF CRASH: 

 

Troopers from the Williston Barracks responded to a multi-vehicle crash with injuries on Ethan Allen Highway (US-7) in the Town of Charlotte.  This multi-vehicle crash occurred in the northbound lanes of travel north of the F-5 Intersection, in the area of Horsford’s Nursery.  A vehicle operated by 70 year old Edward Woodruff of Westport, New York was traveling southbound when it crossed the center line and sideswiped a northbound vehicle driven by 66 year old Patricia Richardson of Shrewsbury, Vermont.  Woodruff’s vehicle then continued and struck a second northbound vehicle driven by 55 year old Michelle Brick of Colchester, Vermont before striking a guardrail on the northbound shoulder.  Woodruff’s vehicle then collided head on with another northbound vehicle driven by 22 year old Ashley Francis of Milton, Vermont.  A northbound vehicle driven by Shannon Ryan of South Burlington, Vermont attempted to avoid both vehicles but struck the back of the vehicle driven by Francis.  A northbound vehicle driven by 47 year old Kathy Rivard of Morrisville, Vermont was struck and damaged by flying debris as a result of the final impact.

 

The Vermont State Police were assisted on-scene by the Shelburne Police Department.  Emergency Crews from Charlotte Fire & EMS, Shelburne Fire & EMS, the Ferrisburgh Fire Department and Vergennes EMS responded to the scene. 

 

Operator Michelle Brick was extricated from her vehicle by members of the Charlotte and Shelburne Fire Departments.     

 

Route 7 at the scene was closed for approximately two hours as a result of this crash.  Traffic was detoured around the scene. 

 

Woodruff and Brick were admitted for further evaluation at the UVM Medical Center.            

 

Based on the preliminary investigation it does not appear that excessive speed or road conditions were a factor in this crash.  At the time of this press release Operator Edward Woodruff was being processed at the UVM Medical Center for suspicion of DUI.  Woodruff provided a preliminary breath sample of .077% BAC at the UVM Medical Center after the crash.  The exact cause of this accident remains under investigation.     

 

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Vermont Civil Violation Complaint ______________ T23 VSA _______

LODGED N/A - LOCATION: N/A   

BAIL: N/A

MUG SHOT: N

COURT ACTION: N/A

COURT: N/A

COURT DATE/TIME: N/A

PBT: .077%