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March 27, 2017

Williston Barracks/ Motor Vehicle Collision

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

 

CASE#: 17A101393                                                          

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Corporal Andrew W. Leise

STATION: VSP Williston                                                

CONTACT#: 1-802-878-7111

 

DATE/TIME: March 27, 2017/ 0906 hours

STREET: Interstate 89 Northbound

TOWN: Williston

LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: South Brownell Road overpass

INTERSTATE MILE MARKER: MM85.5 NB

WEATHER: Rain

ROAD CONDITIONS: Wet

 

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR: U/K

AGE: U/K  

SEAT BELT? U/K

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: U/K

VEHICLE YEAR: U/K

VEHICLE MAKE: U/K

VEHICLE MODEL: U/K

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: None

INJURIES: None

HOSPITAL: N/A

 

VEHICLE #2

OPERATOR: Meghan B. Finkbeiner

AGE: 31    

SEAT BELT? Y

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Cinnaminson, NJ

VEHICLE YEAR: 2014

VEHICLE MAKE: Subaru

VEHICLE MODEL: Forrester

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #2: Moderate front end contact damage

INJURIES: None

HOSPITAL: N/A

 

SUMMARY OF CRASH: On March 27, 2017 at approximately 0906 hours VSP Williston Troopers responded the report of a car that had come to rest on a guard rail in the median. Through investigation at the crash scene, it was found that operator#2 had lost control of her car while traveling north and traveled through the median subsequently colliding with a guard rail on the opposite side of the interstate. Vehicle#2 came to rest on top of the guardrail 1-2 feet from the southbound lanes of travel on I89. A witness at the scene described observing what he felt was a "road rage" incident between operator#2 and a Quebec registered Silver Mazda 5 before operator#2 lost control. The witness advised the Quebec registered vehicle cut off operator#2,  did not stop, and continued north on I89.  This incident is still under investigation.

 

Troopers are asking anyone who may witnessed this incident or may have obtained a plate number for the Quebec registered Silver Mazda 5 to call Cpl. Andrew Leise at the VSP Williston Barracks 1-802-878-7111.

VSP Troopers continue to remind motorists that aggressive and negligent operation is illegal and unsafe. To date there have been approximately 16 traffic crash related deaths in Vermont.