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May 12, 2017

Westminster barracks / motor vehicle crash

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

 

CASE#: 17B102872                                          

TROOPER: Valcourt

STATION: Westminster                

CONTACT#: 802-722-4600

 

DATE/TIME: 05/12/2017 3:45 pm

STREET: VT RT 30

TOWN: Newfane

LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: West Street

WEATHER:           Clear

ROAD CONDITIONS: Dry

 

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR: Mr. Michael W Kavanaugh

AGE: 46

SEAT BELT? Y

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Brattleboro, VT

 

VEHICLE YEAR: 2015

VEHICLE MAKE: Ford

VEHICLE MODEL: Focus

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: Front end

INJURIES: Chest injury

HOSPITAL: (IDENTIFY) Brattleboro Memorial Hospital

 

VEHICLE #2

OPERATOR: Ms. Jacki B Capponcelli

AGE: 26

SEAT BELT? Y

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Brookline, VT

 

VEHICLE YEAR: 2012

VEHICLE MAKE: Honda

VEHICLE MODEL: Accord

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #2: Front end

INJURIES: Abrasions, possible fractured arm

HOSPITAL: (IDENTIFY) Grace Cottage Hospital

 

SUMMARY OF CRASH:

 

On 05/12/2017 at approximately 3:45 am, a member of the Vermont State Police, Westminster Station, deputy sheriffs from the Windham County Sheriff’s Department, two ambulances from Rescue Inc and volunteers from the Newbrook Fire Department responded to VT RT 30 in the Town of Newfane for a reported two vehicle head on crash.  Investigation revealed that a vehicle being driven by Mr. Michael Kavanaugh, 46 of Brattleboro, was traveling north at approximately 35 MPH when he began choking on potato chips.  While trying to clear his airway, Mr. Kavanaugh’s vehicle veered into the southbound lane and stuck a vehicle being operated by Ms. Jacki Capponcelli, 26 of Brookline.  Both operators sustained injures in this crash and where transported by ambulance.   Ms. Capponcelli’s vehicle was towed from the scene by Scott Brooks Towing of Townshend and Mr. Kavanaugh’s vehicle as towed form the scene by A’s Towing of Guilford.