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Stabbing suspect dies from crash

BLACK BROOK - The prime suspect in an assault at a local campsite has been pronounced dead.

Stephen Gourlay, 41, of Peru, died at Fletcher Allen Health Care May 7 as a result of injuries he sustained from crashing his car while allegedly fleeing from police.

Gourlay had been suspected of stabbing two men, George Goyette, age 45, and his son Richard E. Goyette, age 20, both of Au Sable Forks. Both men had reportedly been stabbed by Gourlay during an argument at Taylor Pond State Campground April 24; Richard in the chest and George in the abdomen.

Both Goyettes were transported to Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital where they were listed in stable condition. They have since been recovering from their injuries.

After responding to the scene, State Police located Gourlay's vehicle on Clintonville Road in the town of Au Sable. Police said he was attempting to flee when he collided with a house along the same road.

Gourlay sustained head injuries and was taken to CVPH for treatment, then later transferred to Fletcher Allen in critical condition.

An autopsy by Vermont chief medical examiner Dr. Steven Shapiro on May 8 confirmed the cause of death to be blunt force trauma to the head and torso. Shapiro ruled the death accidental.

No other injuries were reported from the crash.

Despite Gourlay's death, the investigation into the stabbing incident remains ongoing.

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