• Crashes kill three around state in 24-hour period
    Staff Report | August 01,2013
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    Over the course of a 24-hour period, accidents killed three people, including a part-time Northfield police officer, and injured two others.

    Shortly before 6 a.m. Thursday, state police in Middlesex responded to a report of an ATV collision on Emery Road in Orange.

    According to a news release issued Thursday morning, a preliminary investigation found that a 34-year-old Williamstown man and a 41-year-old Williamstown women were traveling west on Eastman Road on a Polaris ATV. The ATV traveled through the intersection of Emery Road, lost control and struck a tree.

    Both passengers were thrown from the ATV. Neither person was wearing helmets. Both subjects were deceased at the scene. The collision was not witnessed and both subjects were found by a passing motorist.

    State Police are withholding the name of the deceased until notification of family can be made. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Trooper Darryl Cremo at 802-229-9191.

    State Police continue to investigate the collision. Speed does not appear to be a factor, however. The man and woman were transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington where an autopsy will be performed.

    Shortly before midnight on Wednesday, state police responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision on Interstate 89 in Waterbury.

    According to a news release issued Thursday morning, a preliminary investigation found that Michael Zemanek, 22, of Barre, was traveling south on the interstate when he drifted off the left side of the roadway. The vehicle traveled through the median, across both northbound lanes of travel and collided with a section of guardrail along the east side of the interstate. The vehicle then traveled back across the median, across both south bound lanes of travel and came to rest along a section of guardrails along the west side of the roadway, police said.

    Zemanek was transported to the Central Vermont Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. State police say Zemanek was a part-time police officer in Northfield and an Orange County Sheriff’s deputy. He was off-duty at the time of the crase. State police say he was transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington where an autopsy will be performed.

    State Police continue to investigate the collision. Speed does not appear to be a factor. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Trooper Crista Maurice at 802-229-9191.

    And, finally, Wednesday evening, a vehicle versus motorcycle accident in on Peacham Road in Danville sent two people to the hospital.

    Wayne Whitehill, 43, of Danville, was driving a 2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara that was struck on the passenger side by Asa Smedley, 28, of Lyndonville, who was driving 2000 Honda motorcycle. Smedley and his passenger, Kattie Smedley, 29, of Lyndonville, sustained minor injures, and were take to Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury.

    According to police, Whitehill was turning into a driveway and failed to yield for Smedley and his passenger who were traveling north. Smedley’s motorcycle collided with the passenger side of Whitehill’s vehicle.

    Subsequent investigation revealed that Whitehill was operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Whitehill was taken into custody and processed for DUI. Whitehill was issued a citation to appear in Caledonia Criminal Court on Aug. 19.

    Smedley and his passenger were transported to the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital and treated for minor injuries. Members of the Danville Fire Department and Danville Rescue assisted at the scene.
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