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Vt. police investigating death of woman who jumped from vehicle

Published: Mar. 16, 2021 at 6:12 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 16, 2021 at 4:52 PM EDT
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DANBY, Vt. (WCAX) - Police are investigating the death of a woman who they believe intentionally jumped out of a moving vehicle.

It happened on Monday at about 5:45 p.m. in Danby.

Vermont State Police were called to a possible crash on Route 7. When they arrived, there was no crash but they found Sarah Smiley, 34, of Bennington, critically injured in the roadway. She died at the scene.

Investigators say Smiley was a passenger in her mother’s Jeep and they believe Smiley deliberately jumped out of the moving SUV.

“We’re investigating it as a suspected suicide. We’re still waiting for the official autopsy results from the chief medical examiner’s office in Burlington to formally determine the cause and manner of death. And, of course, our Bureau of Criminal Investigations detectives are going to continue to do their work,” said Adam Silverman, a spokesman for the Vermont State Police.

Police say Smiley’s mother, Elizabeth Kurman, 63, of Bennington, who was driving the Jeep, showed signs of impairment at the scene and is charged with DUI. She’s due in court in April.

Route 7 in Danby was closed for nearly four hours while police investigated the incident.

That investigation is still underway. Anyone with information that may relevant to the case is asked to call the state police in Rutland at 802-773-9101.

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