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State Police conclude Pittsford fatality investigation

PITTSFORD - The Vermont State Police have concluded their investigation into the single Toyota Yaris vehicle crash on U.S. Route 7 in Pittsford that left Joseph Bourgeois, age 47, dead.

Based on this investigation it was determined that on Oct. 11, Bourgeois was traveling north on Route 7 from a friend's house in Pittsford, to his home in the same town. At approximately 10:15 p.m., Bourgeois' vehicle left the east side of the road and rolled down an embankment where it ultimately came to rest on its passenger side.

Bourgeois and his vehicle remained in this position until they were discovered at approximately 11:47 p.m. Due to the position of the vehicle, it was not visible from the roadway, or from any of the surrounding homes. Had it not been for a neighbor hearing an abnormal noise (believed to be the scrapping windshield wipers) in the area of the vehicle, neither the vehicle nor Bourgeois would likely have been discovered until morning.

Regardless of the time of discovery, and based on the injuries that caused his death, it is believed that Bourgeois died upon impact.

At the time of the crash, Bourgeois' BAC was .293 percent (approximately 3.5 times the legal limit) and he was not wearing a seatbelt. Based on the dynamics of the crash, the proper use of a seatbelt may have saved his life.

The location of the crash was approximately .75-mile from Bourgeois friend's house (his point of origin), and only approximately .5-mile to his home and destination. The Vermont State Police were unable to determine what, if any other factors contributed to the crash, however, as mentioned above, the influence of alcohol impairment was likely one of them.

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