Police are trying to figure out if a founder of the Migrant Justice Center is linked to a mysterious car crash in Bridport.
Police aren't saying much as the crash is still under investigation and they can't get in touch with the vehicle's owner, Natalia Fajardo. We went to the Migrant Justice Center in Burlington to ask her about the crash directly, but after introducing ourselves, she got up without saying anything, went into a back office and closed the door.
The impact of the crash is clear when you look at the 2001 Jetta. The windshield shattered and pieces of plants still stuck in the roof. Vermont State police say the car rolled over at least twice and was probably speeding on Middle Road in Bridport Sunday morning before the crash. Skid marks and torn up earth are still there.
Witnesses told police three men were seen walking away from the car after the rollover-- possibly migrant farmworkers. But they have not figured out who they are. Police also say there were no plates on the car. It's not clear when they were removed.
The Jetta was last registered to Natalia Fajardo, a founder of Migrant Justice and frequent advocate in the Legislature helping to lobby for the new law giving undocumented workers the right to drive legally.
Police say they have not been able to interview her yet about what happened. But they are also investigating a tip that she showed up at a farm near the crash site hours later and took a migrant worker away. Police do not know if that is connected to the crash. Investigators are also looking into the possibility that Fajardo sold the car or that it was stolen.
Employees at Migrant Justice said they knew nothing about the crash or the condition of the car's occupants. When we asked to speak to Fajardo again we were told she was unavailable, even though she was in the back office. Then we were told she was going on vacation. She did not return our phone call either.
We want to stress that police are not sure what her involvement is at this point. If anyone has any information about the crash they're asked to call state police.
Police don't know if any of the occupants were seriously injured. It was an immediate concern because the Jetta was totaled. Police, first responders and firefighters expended a ton of resources on this, searching the area for hours for potential victims. Of course they found none. Porter hospital was also notified in case a victim showed up there. So, as of right now, this crash remains fairly mysterious.