Assault follows teenagers’ car chase through Putney / Fatal crash in Benson / Road rage in St. Albans

One Putney teenager ran into another with his car following an extended argument that featured a car chase through town, state police say. 

At 4:30 pm on April 18, state police received a call about a motor vehicle crash involving multiple vehicles and a person who sustained significant injuries. Through investigation, 

Troopers determined that Oliver Field and Rowan Lynch, both 18, out of Putney, had a disagreement which led Field to pursue Lynch in their separate vehicles through Putney. The two parties ultimately stopped at a parking area on Sand Hill Road in Putney where the situation escalated further. 

During the argument, Field was positioned in his car and Lynch was standing in front of it. Field struck Lynch with his vehicle, as well as two other cars that were parked in front of him. This caused significant injuries to Lynch’s pelvic area and legs. 

Field fled the area in his vehicle. He was later located by troopers and arrested. Lynch was flown to DHMC for treatment for serious, but non-life threatening injuries. Field was processed for the offense and issued a citation to appear in court today at 12:30 for Aggravated Assault, Gross Negligent Operation & Leaving the Scene of an Accident. The Vermont State Police was assisted by the Putney Fire Department and members of Rescue.

Fatal crash in Benson – A 68-year-old New York man died yesterday in a two-vehicle crash in Benson. 

At 8:30 pm yesterday, state troopers responded to a two-car motor vehicle crash on Route 22a in Benson. A Subaru Forester driven by Vincent Thorn, 68, of Northport, NY was attempting to make a left turn from Lake Road onto Route 22a when Thorn failed to yield the right of way and was struck by a pickup truck driven by Viktor Pankovskyi, 53, of Brooklyn NY. 

Thorn was pronounced dead at the scene. Pankovskyi was uninjured. Troopers were assisted on scene by the Benson Volunteer Fire Dept and Fair Haven Rescue.

Road rage in St. Albans – A 37-year-old man from Fairfax was cited for careless and negligent operation following an incident last week.

On April 11, police say they were patrolling Manley Road at around 2:00 p.m. They witnessed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed but were unable to conduct a traffic stop due to the driver’s efforts to evade contact with law enforcement.

A short time later, it was reported that the vehicle was involved in a road rage incident on Lake Road in St. Albans. During this second incident, police say the vehicle was operated in a negligent and aggressive manner.

Police say that the driver of the vehicle at the time of both incidents was identified as Travis Sweeney. As a result, Sweeney was issued a citation to appear in court on June 20 in order to face the charge.

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2 replies »

  1. Wow ! three injuries “caused by” motor vehicles ! Where’s the cry for vehicle control, and outcries and lawsuits against Ford, GM, etc. ?

  2. How about a vaccine to keep drivers from driving recklessly? Seems that the health dept could come up with some remedy

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