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Vermont State Police respond to deadly crashes over the weekend

Published: Jul. 27, 2020 at 6:08 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 27, 2020 at 8:17 PM EDT
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SALISBURY, Vt. (WCAX) - Vermont State Police say four people died in three separate crashes over the weekend.

Police say the crashes all happened within 18 hours starting on Saturday, and we know at least two of them involved drugs and speeding.

Authorities say two people died in a crash on Route 116 Saturday night in Hinesburg. They have said that crash may have been caused by excessive speed.

A two-car crash in Salisbury Saturday killed a 72-year-old woman. It happened shortly after 1 p.m. near West Salisbury Road in Salisbury. Police say Brian Davidson, 37, of New Haven, hit a car driven by Center Merill, 77, of Londonderry. Merril’s passenger, Joan Dayton, 72, was killed. Davidson and Merill were hospitalized. Police say they think Davidson ran a stop sign and was speeding. He’s being charged with heroin possession and drug paraphernalia.

State police say the fourth person died in a crash in East Barre on Saturday. There were no immediate details about that crash.

Police say these are reminders to focus on driving, and safety, while on the roadways. “We speak about people who are under stress and what that does to their ability to focus on the task at hand as far as splitting their attention -- that’s an issue. Combining on top of that chemicals, combining on top of that speed and not being able to respond correctly to issues because their reaction time is reduced,” said Vt. State Police Sgt Jay Riggen.

In the past 18 hours, there have been three fatal crashes during which four people have died. Impairment and speeding...

Posted by Vermont State Police on Sunday, July 26, 2020

Police say speed and alcohol were also factors in a crash in Westford Saturday afternoon. It happened around 4:30 p.m. on Woods Hollow Road. Police say Jamar Lott, 43, of St. Albans, slammed into a tree. He was hospitalized in critical condition.

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