Starksboro man killed in Route 4 vehicle crash

SHERBURNE — Vermont State Police are seeking help from the public in learning more about the crash that killed a Starksboro man in Sherburne on Friday afternoon.

Marland Brewer, 47, of Starksboro was killed in a two-vehicle head-on crash on Route 4 in Sherburne just east of the Killington Skyship gondola and Mission Farm Road on Dec. 14.

Troopers were called to the scene at 4:33 p.m. and told that a driver in one of the vehicles was entrapped. Traffic on the road was closed while police dealt with the accident.

VSP Sgt. Mark Perkins said police determined that Brewer was driving a 1998 Dodge pickup westbound on Route 4 when the vehicle travelled left of the center line into the eastbound lane. The pickup reportedly collided with a 2003 Mitsubishi truck driven by Earl L. Smith, 47, of Loudon, N.H., causing the Mitsubishi to exit the roadway and overturn. Police report the weather and road conditions were clear at the time.

Brewer was pronounced dead at the scene and Smith was airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., for a fractured wrist, dislocated hip and concussion.

Police said alcohol appeared to be a factor in the crash. They were also investigating any possible involvement Brewer had in a hit and run crash in the Bristol area earlier that afternoon.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Vermont State Police at Rutland at 802-773-9101. Information can also be submitted anonymously online at or by texting “CRIMES” (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS.

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