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June 9, 2018

New Haven Barracks / Motor Vehicle Crash / Negligent Operation *UPDATE*

STATE OF VERMONT *UPDATE*

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

 

CASE#: 18B501677                                                         

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Josh Gurwicz

STATION: New Haven Barracks                                 

CONTACT#: 802-388-4919

 

DATE/TIME: June 2, 2018 at approximately 1451 hours

STREET: VT Route 22A

TOWN: Bridport

LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: South of - Rattlin Bridge Road

INTERSTATE MILE MARKER: N/A

WEATHER: Clear           

ROAD CONDITIONS: Dry

 

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR: Corey Cummings

AGE: 25     

SEAT BELT: Yes

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Waterbury, VT

 

VEHICLE YEAR: Chevrolet

VEHICLE MAKE: 2014

VEHICLE MODEL: Cruze

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: Heavy front end contact damage

INJURIES: Serious Bodily Injury

HOSPITAL: UVM Medical Center

 

VEHICLE #2

OPERATOR: Phillip Stearns

AGE: 40     

SEAT BELT: Yes

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Addison, VT

 

VEHICLE YEAR: 2012

VEHICLE MAKE: Toyota

VEHICLE MODEL: Tundra

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: Heavy front end contact damage

INJURIES: No

HOSPITAL: N/A

 

 

SUMMARY OF CRASH:

 

On June 2, 2018, at approximately 1451 hours, the Vermont State Police was advised of a two vehicle head on collision on Vermont Route 22A in the Town of Bridport, VT, involving a passenger car and passenger truck.

 

Preliminary investigation indicates that Operator #1, Cummings, was traveling northbound on VT Route 22A and crossed into the southbound lane of travel. Operator #2, Stearns, was traveling southbound and attempted to avoid V#1, but was unsuccessful. Both vehicles collided near the center of the roadway. Cummings was transported to UVM Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries sustained in the crash.  Impaired driving does not appear to be a contributing factor at this time.

 

VT Route 22A was shut down for several hours. The State Police were assisted on scene by the Bridport Fire Department and Middlebury Rescue.  

 

*UPDATE*

 

Investigation revealed Op#1, Cummings, had fallen asleep while operating his vehicle, subsequently entering into the southbound lane of VT Route 22A. Cummings was issued a citation to appear in Addison County District Court on August 6, 2018 at 12:30 PM to answer the charge of Careless and Negligent Operation.

 

Vermont Civil Violation Complaint: T. 23 VSA Section 1038; Driving on Roadways Laned for Traffic

LODGED - LOCATION: N/A          

BAIL: N/A

MUG SHOT: Yes

COURT ACTION: Yes

COURT: Middlebury

COURT DATE/TIME: 08/06/2018 @ 1230 hours

 

 

 

*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.