Police Reports

Highway deaths 50% over 10-year average following three deadly crashes

By Guy Page

A New Hampshire woman died in a single-car crash on Rte. 5 in Fairlee Wednesday evening, May 24.

Miriam Metz, 79, of Haverhill, was driving North on Rt. 5 in Fairlee near the Coffin Lane intersection at about 8 pm when her 2013 Audi A3 missed a left hand turn and left the roadway, traveling about 500 feet. 

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Metz, who was wearing a seat belt, sustained serious injuries and was transported by EMS to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. While at Dartmouth, Metz passed away due to the injuries she sustained.

Rte. 7 crash fatality identified – Katherine Looby, 36, of Waltham died May 18 on Rte. 7 in Ferrisburgh when her 2012 Subaru collided head-on and a tractor-trailer. 

Looby was traveling south shortly after midnight when her car entered the northbound lane, colliding with a tractor-trailer operated by  Djordje Radovic, 63, of Patterson, NJ. After colliding, the two vehicles came to a final position of uncontrolled rest on the west side of Ethan Allen Highway along the guard rails. The Impreza caught fire, which spread to the trailer transporting empty kegs to Shelburne. The kegs which were determined a total loss due to fire damage. 

Radovic was uninjured. State police say Looby was found to be the at-fault driver. No charges were filed. 

Police seek other motorists after Lowell man dies in crash – A 52-year-old Lowell man died in an apparent single-car crash May 18 in Lowell. 

State police say Shayne Bessette was driving a 2003 Ford Ranger east on Hazen Notch Road when it lost control, entered into the westbound shoulder, and rolled over in the shoulder before stopping 50 feet from the roadway. During the rollover, Bessette was ejected from the vehicle and sustained fatal injuries.

The on-scene investigation suggested there were other motorists in the area at the time of the crash. State Police would like to make contact with those individuals. They are asking the public and members of the community to contact Sgt. Thomas Howard at thomas.howard@vermont.gov, or call 802-878-7111,

The three fatalities bring the number of Vermont highway fatalities this year to at least 23. The 10-year average is 15, state police say. 

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5 replies »

  1. These may be “vaccidents”, not accidents.. Some of the Dr’s that have been silenced have mentioned this problem.

  2. Unless i missed something, miraculously the VT Legislature did not do their usual push for a primary enforcement seat belt law, like they have so many times in the past. Maybe their hatred and mistrust of the police makes them hesitant about giving them the extra power to pull someone over because it “didn’t look like their belt was on”? In any case, at least we still have some element of Darwinian evolution left in Vermont to offset all the coddling.

  3. With fatal car accidents increasing like this, it’s obvious we need to ban new car sales and confiscate all existing cars. Since citizens can’t be trusted to be responsible car owners/operators, only government employees should be allowed to operate them.