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April 20, 2017

New Haven Barracks / Fatal Crash

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

 

CASE#:  17B501237                                          

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME:  Sgt. Stephen McNamara

STATION:  New Haven                                   

CONTACT#:  802-388-4919

 

DATE/TIME:  04/20/2017 @0643

STREET:  US RT 7

TOWN:  Salisbury

LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS:  Box #594

INTERSTATE MILE MARKER:  NA

WEATHER:  Cloudy         

ROAD CONDITIONS:  Wet

 

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR:  Shawn Newell

AGE:  33   

SEAT BELT? Y

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Vergennes, VT

 

VEHICLE YEAR:  2010

VEHICLE MAKE:  Mazda

VEHICLE MODEL: MZ3

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1:  Total Loss

INJURIES:  Multiple injuries to include a broken arm and internal injuries

HOSPITAL:  Porter Hospital & UVM Medical Center

 

VEHICLE #2

OPERATOR:  Christina Walker

AGE: 40     

SEAT BELT? Y

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE:  Ripton, VT

 

VEHICLE YEAR:  2008

VEHICLE MAKE:  Chevrolet

VEHICLE MODEL:  Malibu

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #2:  Total Loss

INJURIES:  Multiple injuries to include neck, back and internal injuries.

HOSPITAL:  Porter Hospital & UVM Medical Center

 

 

 

 

SUMMARY OF CRASH:

 

At approximately 0643 hours on 04/20/2017 Troopers from the New Haven Barracks of the Vermont State Police were dispatched to a reported two vehicle, head-on collision that occurred on US RT 7 in the town of Salisbury, VT.

 

Upon arrival, Troopers observed the Salisbury Fire Department and crews from the Middlebury Regional Emergency Services attending to the operators of both vehicles.  A third individual had been transported to Porter Hospital prior to our arrival.  In addition, both vehicles, a silver, 2010, Mazda, and a grey, 2008, Chevrolet were observed off the roadway, west of the southbound lane of travel.

 

Preliminary investigation and witness statements indicate Newell, the operator to the Mazda was traveling northbound at a high rate of speed, passing slower moving vehicles that were ahead of him.  Walker and her passenger were traveling south.  Newell travelled left of center to pass a vehicle in front of him, and into the path of Walker.  Both Newell and Walker attempted to avoid a collision by driving into the breakdown lane, however, were unable to do so.  Upon impact both vehicle’s left the roadway and came to a position of rest, west of the southbound lane of travel.  Walker’s passenger died of injuries sustained in the crash.

 

At present time, the passenger’s name is being withheld until proper notification can be made.  An up-dated press release will be sent at such time.

 

The Vermont State Police requests that anyone who may have witnessed this crash or who may have additional information regarding this incident, to please contact the New Haven Barracks at 802-388-4919.

 

This investigation remains active.

 

PBT%: NA

Vermont Civil Violation Complaint: NA

LODGED - LOCATION:  NA            

BAIL:  NA

MUG SHOT: N

COURT ACTION: Pending the outcome of the investigation

COURT:  Addison

COURT DATE/TIME: Pending the outcome of the investigation    

 

 

 

*Please note:  court date and time are subject to change at the discretion of the court. Please call the criminal court clerk to confirm arraignment time.

 

 

Sgt. Stephen McNamara

VSP New Haven

Troop B5

2490 Ethan Allen Hwy.

New Haven, VT, 05472

Tel:  802-388-4919

Fax: 802-453-7918

Email:  Stephen.McNamara@vermont.gov