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Vt. lawmaker killed in crash

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Rep. Gregory Clark Rep. Gregory Clark
WALTHAM, Vt. -

It's an accident police say should have never happened.

"In terms of visibility he had at the time, hard to know," Vt. State Police Lt. Gary Genova said.

Police say State Representative Gregory Clark was on his way to work when he stopped in the middle of Route 7 in Waltham to scrape his windshield.

"Was warned by another motorist visibility was very limited here, got back into his vehicle, pulled into the shoulder area, got out a second time to clear his windshield and at that point was struck by an approaching southbound vehicle," Genova said.

The state representative died at the hospital. The driver of the car who told Clark to pull over suffered non-life threatening injuries. He was outside his vehicle attempting to help Clark scrape his windshield when he was hit by the debris from the chain reaction crash. The driver of the third car was not hurt. Police say the sun was so bright, they believe the driver of the car who hit Clark never saw him, because no brake marks were found at the scene.

"It appears the sun was a contributing factor," Genova said. "There is no indication speed or reckless driving were factors at all."

Authorities are reminding drivers to try to clear your windows before leaving your home. State law does not require you to, but police can pull you over if they feel your view is obstructed by snow and ice. Fines range between $150 and $250 dollars.

"We aren't particularly looking for the windows, but when people have obstructed views, they are crossing over the lines, they are going really slow on the roadway, so they can be stopped for other violations," said Lt. Patrick McManamon of the Vt. Department of Motor Vehicles.

Police say one part of the investigation they will likely never have an answer to is why Clark originally stopped in the middle of busy Route 7.

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