BUHS grad still serious after crash
Southern Vermont Bureau | July 29,2005
GUILFORD — A Brattleboro Union High School graduate remains in serious condition after he fell out of the back of a friend's pickup truck last week, according to Vermont State Police.
Derek Root, 24, of Brattleboro, suffered a significant head injury after he fell out of a 2005 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Jeffrey Dixon, 24, of Guilford, while driving on Weatherhead Hollow Road in Guilford on July 23, police said.
Root was found by police lying in the middle of the road and bleeding from his head. He was transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and then flown to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.
A spokesperson for the New Hampshire hospital said Thursday that Root was still in serious condition.
Dixon failed a field sobriety test and was charged with driving under the influence, according to police. He was released on a citation to appear in Brattleboro District Court at a later date.
Dixon and Root are 1999 graduates of BUHS and were well-known members of the school's baseball team who went on to play for the University of Vermont.