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October 8, 2019

Derby Barracks / Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

 

CASE#:  19A503983                 

TROOPER FULL NAME:  Paul Pennoyer

STATION: Derby                               

CONTACT#: 334-8881

 

DATE/TIME: 10/08/2019 / 1511 hours

STREET: Shattuck Hill Road

TOWN: Derby

LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: Community Drive

WEATHER: Clear  

ROAD CONDITIONS: Clear

 

OPERATOR #1: Ronald Kennedy

AGE: 23

SEAT BELT? N/A

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Newport, VT

 

PASSENGER: Kyra Birchard

AGE: 20

SEAT BELT? N/A

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Derby, VT

 

VEHICLE YEAR: 2015

VEHICLE MAKE: Harley Davidson

VEHICLE MODEL: Motorcycle

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: Vehicle Totaled

 

OPERATOR #2: Steven Lawson

AGE: 64

SEAT BELT? Yes

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Newport, VT

 

VEHICLE YEAR: 2017

VEHICLE MAKE: Ford

VEHICLE MODEL: Bus

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: Damage to driver’s side of vehicle

 

 

SUMMARY OF CRASH:   On the above listed date and time, State Police responded to Shattuck Hill Road, Derby for a report of a two vehicle crash. The operator of vehicle #1 was traveling west on Shattuck Hill Road. The operator of vehicle #2 pulled out of the Derby Trailer Park and was turning east on Shattuck Hill Road. Vehicle #1 stuck vehicle #2 on the driver’s side. Ronald Kennedy was pronounced dead on scene. Kyra Birchard was transported to North Country Hospital by EMS, and was pronounced dead in the Emergency Room. Excessive speed on the part of vehicle #1 is believed to be a key factor in the crash. Shattuck Hill Road is a posted 35 mph zone. Investigation is ongoing.

 

Respectfully,

 

Trooper Paul Pennoyer

Vermont State Police

Troop A - Derby Barracks

35 Crawford Rd. Derby VT

paul.pennoyer@vermont.gov

802-334-8881