Man denies reckless driving in crash into houseBy Brent Curtis
STAFF WRITER | April 18,2013Anthony Edwards / Staff Photo
The man police say was driving this car when it crashed into a home on Cedar Avenue has denied the charges.A Pittsford man who allegedly crashed his car into a Rutland Town home while driving recklessly in January denied a pair of criminal charges this week related to the crash.
Stephen C. Hopkins, 22, pleaded innocent in Rutland criminal court to misdemeanor charges of reckless or grossly negligent operation of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of a crash.
Both charges stem from a crash on the night of Jan. 21 when a car crashed into a home at 230 Cedar Ave., narrowly missing homeowner Lenny Montuori.
The Chevrolet Cavalier that struck the building left a gaping hole in the side of the house.
The driver fled before police arrived.
But Vermont State Police said Hopkins was charged after information pointed to him including the vehicle’s registration, interviews from witnesses and his roommates and statements made by his girlfriend who police say Hopkins left at the crash scene with instructions to take the blame for the crash.
Police said Hopkins apologized repeatedly to Montuori, better known locally as hot dog and sausage vendor “Big Lenny,” and his girlfriend Susan Shaw who were both in the home when the crash occurred at 6:30 p.m.
Hopkins allegedly fled on foot in single digit temperatures.
After initially telling police she didn’t know the driver, the passenger in the car, 21-year-old Kelsey Mau, later told police that Hopkins was driving east on Cedar Lane when he lost control of the vehicle because he was driving too fast to navigate a curve in the road, according to court documents.
Mau also told police that Hopkins fled because he had no insurance.
Days after the crash, Trooper Seth Richardson said he received a call from Montuori who complained that Hopkins had posted a picture of his damaged car on Facebook and was bragging about the crash.
In his own query of Hopkins’ Facebook page, the trooper said he found a picture of the damaged car posted on Jan. 29 along with a post proclaiming to be from Hopkins posted Jan. 30 that read “I parked in this guys living room very abruptly...”
No one was injured in the crash but Richardson said the damage to the home was estimated to be in excess of $70,000.
firstname.lastname@example.orgMORE IN Local & StateBRANDON — Last year, Brandon was the last town in the state to pass its municipal budget,... Full StoryRutland Town voters approved a $700,000 highway garage and other measures to spend a recently... Full Story
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1843, British Naval officer GEORGE LORD PAULET obtains provisional cession of Hawaiian Islands; 1866, miners claim Calaveras skull found found in goldmine is remains of 5 million-year-old Pliocene man.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day 1739, 'Richard Palmer' identified in prison at York Castle as the notorious outlaw DICK TURPIN; IN 1836, Battle of the Alamo begins near San Antonio de Bexar, Texas; 1896, the Tootsie Roll invented by LEO HIRSCHFELD.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1472, Orkney, Shetland islands put up as collateral by Norway to Scotland in lieu of dowry for MARGARET OF DENMARK on her marriage with JAMES III, king of Scotland; 1962, JOHN GLENN first American to orbit Earth.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: City mayoral candidates debate campaign issues; Hartford, Conn., woman still missing; Neal Goswami reports attempts to legislate suicide; local woman loses 100 pounds through TOPS program.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1878, JOHN TUNSTALL murdered near Lincoln, New Mexico, by the outlaw JESSE EVANS; in 1930, ELM FARM OLLIE first cow to fly in aircraft, first to be milked airborne; 1955, nuke test WASP; '79, snow in Sahara.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Rutland Herald News Editor Alan J. Keays and staff writer Gordon Dritschilo discuss stories planned for the February 18, 2015, edition of the newspaper: Winter budgets maxed, legal marijuana, Springfield bank job, USPS slowdown