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Vermont State Police: Police deal with two three-car crashes

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Posted on November 21, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — Troopers from the New Haven barracks of the Vermont State Police reported two separate three-car crashes in one day last week.

The more serious incident was in the evening of Thursday, Nov. 15. At around 8:30 p.m., troopers responded to a crash on in Ferrisburgh on South Middlebrook Road near Monkton Road. 

Police report that a 2002 Ford Explorer driven by Michael Mills, 58, of Ferrisburgh was broken down on South Middlebrook Road with a dead battery and flat tire. Peter Bearor, 63, of Ferrisburgh stopped to assist Mills in changing a tire and jump starting the vehicle. 

A 2013 Dodge Caravan driven by Patricia Paul 66, of Ferrisburgh came up South Middlebrook Road at a speed of approximately 30 mph in a 35 mph zone, police report. She told troopers that she was blinded by the headlights on Bearor’s Hyundai Sonata and unable to see Mills’ Ford; and Paul’s Caravan rear-ended the Ford Explorer. This collision caused Bearor to become trapped under the Explorer and Mills to sustain lacerations to his face. Bearor was taken to UVM Medical Center for treatment of a possible broken leg and Mills was taken to Porter Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Paul was reported to be uninjured.

Both the Explorer and the Caravan sustained damage and were considered total losses; Bearor’s Sonata did not sustain any damage.

Police said a traffic ticket was pending.

Vermont State Police were assisted on scene by the Vergennes Fire Department and Vergennes Area Rescue Squad. 

Police report that Nikki Brileya, 33, of Brandon and Donald Jochum, 55, of Addison were driving cars that were both stopped in the southbound lane of Bristol Road, both behind a vehicle that was waiting to turn left onto Church Road. Lillian Crane, 22, of Weybridge was driving 2008 Honda Civic southbound on Bristol Road at approximately 40 mph. Crane told police that she fell asleep behind the wheel. Her Honda proceeded to rear end Brileya’s 2012 Jeep Compass, which was knocked forward into Jochum’s 2010 Chevy Impala. Both the Jeep and the Honda were reported to be totaled as a result of the collision. Jochum’s Impala sustained moderate rear-end damage. 

Crane was taken to Porter Hospital for non-life-threating injuries and Brileya was transported to UVM Medical Center respectfully as a precaution for a possible concussion. 

Neither alcohol nor drugs were found to be contributing factors in the crash. A traffic ticket was pending.

State police were assisted on scene by the Bristol police and rescue squad and by the Monkton Fire Department. 

In the only other activity reported in the past week, local troopers on Nov. 14 at a little after 3 p.m. stopped a motor vehicle on Route 17 West in Weybridge. Police cited the driver, identified as 47-year-old Gary Fleming of Port Henry, N.Y., for driving with a criminally suspended license; and police discovered that Fleming had an active arrest warrant 

Fleming was taken into custody and lodged at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail. 

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