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Two Harley riders die in Franklin County

Separate crashes in Franklin County this weekend led to the deaths of two Harley Davidson motorcycle riders.

Fatal Harley crash #1 – On May 6 shortly after noon, state police learned of a two vehicle crash on Rte 105 in Sheldon involving a farm tractor towing a piece of farm equipment and a motorcycle. On arrival, police learned the operator of the motorcycle, Rodney Hall (age 71 of Milton), was deceased. The tractor appeared to pull into the roadway in front of the motorcycle which was traveling west on Route 105. 

The operator of the tractor, Jason Kennison (age 38 of Enosburg), was transported to the St. Albans Barracks on suspicion of DUI. Troopers from the St. Albans Barracks are working with the Franklin County State’s Attorney’s Office on possible criminal charges as the investigation is still ongoing. 

Fatal Harley crash #2 – On May 7 at 2:43 pm, state police were notified of a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Route 118 and Bank Road in Montgomery. A Chevrolet Aveo occupied by a Sarah Desautels, 52, of Montgomery female was travelling northbound along Route 118 with a Harley 1200 occupied by Winfield Mueller, 61, of Enosburg male travelling northbound directly behind her. 

At the intersection of Route 118 and Bank Road, Desautels attempted a left hand turn from Route 118 onto Bank Road, when Muelller tried to pass the Chevrolet Aveo on the left hand side. The Chevrolet Aveo was struck by the Harley 1200 and Muelller was ejected from the motorcycle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. At this point, any drug or alcohol involvement is unknown.

Third motorcycle crash in Franklin County – Sunday at 8 pm, VSP received a call of a single vehicle motorcycle crash (make unknown) on Main St. North past the intersection of Boston Post Rd.. The operator, Joseph Gonyo of Bakersfield, was transported to UVMMC with critical and life-threatening injuries.

Clarendon airplane crash – May 7 at 1 pm, state police were advised of an aircraft crash on a runway at the Rutland-Southern Vermont Regional Airport in Clarendon. At the time of the crash the aircraft, a 1961 Mooney was occupied solely by the pilot, William C. Giesey, 52, of Philadelphia, PA. Giesey advised while landing the aircraft, he failed to lower the landing gear, therefore landing on the aircraft’s belly. 

There were no injuries resulting from the crash and the runway was closed for a period of time until the aircraft was removed. The Vermont State Police were assisted at the scene by members of the Clarendon Fire Department, Rutland City Fire Department, Regional Ambulance Service, Rutland County Sheriff’s Office and staff of the Rutland-Southern Vermont Regional Airport.

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