Police seek eyewitnesses of Pawlet auto fatality

On June 18, at approximately 3:59 a.m., Vermont Stae Police troopers assigned to the Castleton State Police Outpost responded to a two vehicle motor vehicle crash in Pawlet. This collision occurred on Route 30 approximately 100 yards south of Towslee Hill Road. The conditions were rain and wet road surfaces.

Upon arrival it was discovered that vehicle 1, operated by Ellen D. Bindman-Hicks, age 17 of North Bennington, which was traveling south had crossed into the northbound lane of Route 30. Once in the northbound lane it collided with vehicle 2, operated by Jon A. Grimes, age 43, of Brandon, which was traveling north.

Both Grimes and Bindman-Hicks were transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center via Granville N.Y. Rescue Squad. Once at RRMC medical center both operators were treated for their injures.

Bindman-Hicks died as a result of her injuries. Grimes sustained internal injuries which were non-life threatening.

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 contact Trooper Christopher Barber at 773-9101.

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