Vermont State Police Log for Jan. 7

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police recently dealt with two bad car crashes south of Bristol Village in which people were badly injured.

In the first incident, troopers on Dec. 28 at about 4:50 p.m. received a report that a motorist had crashed into a cyclist on Burpee Road in Bristol. State police said their investigation showed that Jacqueline Clark, 75, of Vergennes was driving a 2019 Ford Fiesta north on Burpee Road when she hit a northbound cyclist, Marcelina Ramirez, 31, of Bristol.

Bristol Rescue Squad took both Ramirez and Clark to Porter Hospital for treatment of nonlife-threatening injuries.

Police said neither speed nor impairment appeared to be factors in the crash. The weather was reportedly clear and the road dry. Troopers didn’t issue any traffic tickets.

Police said the Fiesta sustained moderate front-end damage; they didn’t give details on the bike.

Bristol firefighters assisted state police on the scene.

On Jan. 4 at around 9 p.m., troopers responded to Route 116 near Stetson Road in Bristol for a report that a car had crashed into a tree. State police said Joseph Desorda, 36, of Rutland, was driving a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe north on a wet Rt. 116 when he lost control of the vehicle and veered off the road into a tree.

Bristol Rescue rushed Desorda to UVM Medical Center for treatment of what were described as serious injuries.

Bristol firefighters and Bristol Police assisted at the scene.

This crash is still under investigation. Anyone with any information on the crash is asked to contact the New Haven barracks at (802) 388-4919. You can also submit an anonymous tip online at

In other recent activity, troopers:

•  On Dec. 20 received a report of suspicious activity involving mailboxes on Sawyer Road, River Road and East Street in New Haven. East Street residents made multiple reports of missing packages, allegedly stolen between Dec. 4 and 6. VSP are asking anyone with information about the thefts should contact Trooper Ryan Normile at the New Haven barracks by phone at 388-4919 or by texting the keyword VTIPS to 274637 (CRIMES). Tips can also be submitted anonymously to 844-848-8477.

•  On Dec. 23 at around eight minutes after 7 a.m., responded to report of a family fight on Jerusalem Road in Starksboro. Police investigated and cited Dusty Grace, 27, of Starksboro, for unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful mischief. Police released Grace with conditions.

•  On Dec. 24 at around 9:50 p.m., rushed to a crash on Route 100 in Granville.

 After investigating, police cited Chad Lucier, 35, of Waitsfield for driving under the influence of intoxicants (second offense) and driving with a criminally suspended driver’s license.

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