HYDE PARK, Vt. (WCAX) A mom and soon-to-be grandmother was killed in a crash in Johnson Wednesday night. Police say the driver who hit her was impaired. The suspect appeared in court Thursday. Following that arraignment, we're learning more details from newly released court documents, including a call made by a concerned citizen to police minutes before the crash. The caller reported seeing an impaired driver-- the same driver who's now accused in the deadly crash.
"She was impaired," Lamoille County Sheriff Roger Marcoux said.
Shelley Stevenson, 27, of Craftsbury, limped into the courtroom Thursday, her nose still bandaged, while in police custody for a felony charge of gross negligence with death resulting.
Prosecutors say just 24 hours before, Stevenson was impaired behind the wheel and hit two other cars on Route 15 in Johnson.
"What we suspect is some type of drug on board," Marcoux said.
Court documents reveal while being interviewed at the three-car crash scene, Stevenson was unsteady, had watery eyes and slurred speech before blowing a 0.054 in a blood alcohol test. After being taken to the hospital, Stevenson allegedly told police she "had some drinks" and had taken medication before the crash, but also told them she "stupidly passed on a hill."
"This is a serious offense," Vt. Superior Court Judge Kathleen Manley said.
Eileen O'Brien, 59, of Johnson, was driving the car allegedly hit head-on by Stevenson. Police say O'Brien was trapped in her car and died at the scene.
"She was just minding her own business, going home, and she never had a chance when this vehicle went across the center line and hit her," the sheriff said.
O'Brien's family tells WCAX News she leaves behind two children and was set to become a grandmother next month.
WCAX News spoke on the phone a short time ago with the driver of the second car who was hit. She says she is shaken but not seriously hurt.
Stevenson, meanwhile, was released on an appearance bond and ordered not to drive.