Vermont State Police are investigating
a crash in Essex that killed a woman and sent a police officer to the hospital.
The deadly crash involved an SUV, a
school bus and a police cruiser. The woman who died was the wife of a police
Police say Rosemary
Hollwedel, 54, of Essex, was driving along Route 2A when she rear-ended a
school bus carrying the Essex High School girls' tennis team. Hollwedel's SUV
then continued into the opposite lane where she collided head-on with the Essex
cruiser. Police say Hollwedel was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from
the vehicle. She died at the scene. She was the wife of Essex Police Lt. Robin
The officer driving the
cruiser, Patrol Ofc. Ray St. Pierre of Essex, was treated for minor injuries.
No one on the bus was hurt.
The Vermont State Police
are actively investigating the crash. They have not determined if speed or
alcohol played a role. Hollwedel's autopsy was performed Thursday. Police say
the cause of the crash will not be released until the reconstruction team
completes its investigation.