• Bennington area teen dies in Pawlet crash
    Staff Report | June 19,2009
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    The Bennington area is mourning the death of a 17-year-old who died in a head-on crash in Pawlet.

    Police said Ellen D. Bindman-Hicks, 17, was driving south on Route 30 in a 1994 Volvo 944 four-door when the vehicle crossed into the northbound lane in the rain.

    The Volvo collided with a 2008 Chevrolet 1500 pickup driven by Jon A. Grimes, 43, who was traveling north.

    The Thursday afternoon crash happened at about 4 p.m. on Route 30 just south of Towslee Hill Road. It was raining at the time and the road was wet at the time of the crash.

    Both drivers were transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center by the Granville, N.Y. Rescue squad. Police said Bindman-Hicks died of her injuries.

    Grimes, of Brandon, sustained lacerations to his head and internal injuries that were non-life threatening.

    Both vehicles sustained major damage and police reported both drivers to be wearing seat belts.

    Also responding to the scene were members of the West Pawlet and Pawlet volunteer fire departments and members of the Fair Haven Police Department.

    Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to call Trooper Christopher Barber at 773-9101.
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