An 80-year-old passenger in an August 13 crash died Tuesday, August 29. Police have added “death resulting” to charges already filed against the driver, a 28-year-old Springfield, MA man.
After troopers arrived at the single-vehicle crash scene on Braintree Hill Road in Braintree, police were speaking with the operator when he fled the scene and crashed a short distance from the original crash scene. Multiple passengers were transported for their injuries. The male operator refused to identify himself.
He was later identified as Pedro Guadalupe of Springfield, MA. A passenger in the vehicle, 80-year-old Raymond Martin of Eden, was transported to Gifford Medical Center with serious injuries including a broken back and rib fractures and later transferred to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Martin died at the hospital on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023.
Mr. Guadalupe is facing charges of eluding a police officer, grossly negligent operation with death resulting, duty to stop and reckless endangerment in connection with this incident. The Vermont State Police is working with the Orange County State’s Attorney’s Office on this case.
Police do not say why Martin, two juveniles, Heather Quinn, 39, of Randolph, and Michael Vell, 46, of Lexington SC, were in the 2019 Jeep Compass driven by Guadalupe. The children suffered minor injuries, the adult passengers besides Martin suffered none.
State police encourage anyone with information that could assist investigators to call the Royalton Barracks at 802-234-9933 or leave an anonymous tip online at https://vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.