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Vermont State Police Log: Deer crossing causes multi-vehicle accident

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ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police and Vermont Fish and Wildlife personnel last Friday evening responded to New Haven for an incident in which three vehicles struck two deer on Route 7.

Trooper Kaitlyn Armstrong and Game Warden George Scribner reported that two deer came bounding into traffic between two cars and a truck on Route 7 between the southern entrance to Dog Team Road and the New Haven River at around 5:20 p.m. on Dec. 2.

No one in the vehicles was injured, though two of the three vehicles sustained damage as they collided with the deer.

Scribner said it is not unusual to see two, three or even six deer crossing the road at once, but it is unusual for there to be more than one hit in a single accident.

“I’ve been a game warden for nine years and very, very rarely do we see two deer hit in one incident,” Scribner said.

One of the does died in the incident and the other was dispatched due to her injuries. The carcasses were donated to agencies that could make use of the meat.

In other recent activity, local VSP:

  On Nov. 29 received a report of a burglary off River Road in New Haven between 6:30 a.m. and 4:20 p.m. that day. Anyone with any information on this incident is asked to contact the New Haven state police barracks at 388-4919.

  On Nov. 30 at 11:03 p.m. stopped a motor vehicle driven by Brett N. Lewis, 22, of Shelburne on Route 30 in Cornwall for speeding. Police cited Lewis for possession of marijuana.

  On Dec. 2, at approximately 6:16 a.m. stopped a vehicle driven by Kendal Dunbar Jr., 40, of New Haven for speeding on Route 7 in New Haven. Sr. Trooper Joseph Pregent reported that during the stop he noted signs of illegal drug activity and summoned Middlebury police to assist with a search of the vehicle. VSP cited Dunbar for possessing less than 2 ounces of marijuana and issued him a traffic ticket for speeding.

  On Dec. 2 at 9:41 p.m. stopped a vehicle driven by Brock J. Burnell, 33, of Richmond on Route 116 in Bristol for defective equipment. Police cited Burnell for possession of marijuana.

  On Dec. 4 were dispatched to a residence on Sperry Road in Cornwall for a reported family fight. Police said investigation revealed that Matthew J. Karzmarczyk, 18, had assaulted both his parents during a physical altercation. Police took the teen into custody and cited him for domestic assault.

  On Dec. 5 at around 6:15 a.m. responded to a two-car crash on Route 125 in Bridport. Police said John-Barry Livingstone, 54, of York, Ontario, Canada, was westbound in a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu, and Jacqueline P. Bienvenue, 45, of Addison was eastbound in a 2005 Subaru Outback, when Bienvenue reportedly pulled out and attempted to pass another car traveling in front of her at approximately 45-50 mph while cresting a hill. At this point, police said, Bienvenue saw the Malibu coming at her, swerved, collided with Livingstone’s car, lost control of the Subaru, traveled off the south side of the road and hit a moderate-size tree before coming to rest in a farm field.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts. Livingstone was uninjured. Bienvenue was transported to Porter Hospital to be treated for bumps and bruises. Police issued her a ticket for a passing violation, which caries a $214 fine and five points on insurance if convicted.

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