21-year-old Brent Poczobut did not speak at his arraignment which lasted only a couple of minutes. Friends and family who were on hand also left the court with no comment on the three charges Poczobut faces.
"Leaving the scene of an accident with a fatality, gross and negligent operation with a fatality, and another leaving the scene," said Detective Sergeant Reg Trayah of the Vermont State Police.
The accident happened on the Thrall Road bridge in East Poultney around 9:30 Wednesday morning. According to court papers, the victim was out for his daily walk. Police say Paul Delorenzi was struck by vehicle as he crossed the bridge on his way home. The 74-year-old was transported to the hospital in Rutland where he was pronounced dead from blunt force trauma. Court papers also state that witnesses saw a silver colored truck speeding away from the scene.
"Witnesses at the scene gave us a very brief description of the vehicle, and then later on we received information later in the day that the suspected vehicles could be located at residence in Middletown Springs," Trayah said.
Detectives found the truck and Poczobut at that residence in Middletown Springs-- a friends house. Police say the damage to the vehicle was consistent with debris left on the bridge. The affidavit also states that more than one witness saw Poczobut crash the truck into parked cars and a mailbox just after hitting Delorenzi.
Poczobut's lawyer told the judge that he takes medication for a neck injury suffered two years ago. Sources tell channel three that injury happened during a motor vehicle accident. However, at this time, it is unknown if the medication, alcohol, or other drugs, played a factor in the crash.
"We are still working of the investigation so we are not releases any of that information until toxicology and stuff like that are completed," Trayah said.
Poczobut did not enter a plea at the hearing. Instead, he invoked his 24 hour rule and is due back in court on Friday to face charges, that if convicted, could land him in jail for the next 15 years.
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