An 81-year-old Newport Center man was cited for negligent operation with death resulting in connection with an October 3 crash in Newport Town.
Jordan Carpenter (20) of Newport was traveling north on VT Route 100 on his 2002 Yamaha YZF600 motorcycle when a 2016 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck operated by Howard Collins (81) of Newport Center was traveling south on VT Route 100.
Collins slowed his vehicle in preparation to turn left onto Collins Mill Road. He failed to recognize the hazard of an approaching motorcycle and so began his turning maneuver.
Carpenter began braking but was unable to avoid a collision. His vehicle struck the passenger side of the 2016 Dodge Ram 2500. Neither drugs or alcohol were contributing factors in Collins’ involvement in the crash.
Collins is scheduled to appear in court December 27.
This is an unnecessary, tragic fatality caused by an elderly driver. Should this man be on the road at all? Should one have to be retested at some age in order to retain a driver’s license?