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April 7, 2017

Williston Barracks/ Motor Vehicle Collision/ Strive Detail

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

 

CASE#: 17A101542                                          

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Corporal Andrew Leise

STATION: VSP Williston                                

CONTACT#: 1-802-878-7111

 

DATE/TIME: April 7, 2017/ 0650 hours

STREET: Interstate 89

TOWN: Winooski

LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: Winooski River Bridge

INTERSTATE MILE MARKER: MM90 SB

WEATHER: Rain

ROAD CONDITIONS: WET

 

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR: Jesse D. Feiner

AGE: 22     

SEAT BELT? Y

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Fairfield, VT

VEHICLE YEAR: 2006

VEHICLE MAKE: Pontiac

VEHICLE MODEL: Vibe

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: Moderate front end bumper, grill, and hood contact damage

INJURIES: None

HOSPITAL: N/A

 

VEHICLE #2

OPERATOR: Emily F. Ely

AGE: 28    

SEAT BELT? Y

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Winooski, VT

VEHICLE YEAR: 2007

VEHICLE MAKE: Toyota

VEHICLE MODEL: Prius

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #2: Minimal rear end bumper contact damage

INJURIES: None

HOSPITAL: N/A

 

SUMMARY OF CRASH: On April 7, 2017 at approximately 0650 hours VSP Williston Troopers were in the area of MM90 Southbound conducting a STRIVE detail to

decrease aggressive driving (i.e. speeding and tailgating) and collisions. At the time of this collision, a Trooper had a vehicle stopped on the shoulder well out of the travel lanes for a tailgating violation. Visibility was approximately 3/4 of a mile behind the Trooper and his emergency lights were activated. 

 

During the motor vehicle stop, a rear end collision took place 1/2 a mile behind the Trooper. Investigation revealed that operator#1 was traveling at 65 in a posted 55 zone per his admission and rear ended vehicle#2. Impairment was not a contributing factor, speeding was. There were no injuries. Operator#1 was subsequently issued a traffic ticket for following too closely $220 and 3 points.

 

Troopers continue to remind motorists to drive safely and refrain from aggressive driving to include speeding, quick lane changes, and tailgating. To date there have been 16 traffic crash related fatalities on VT Roads which officers statewide are attempting to reduce.