May 30, 2020
New Haven Barracks / Motor Vehicle Crash / Leaving the Scene of an Accident
STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

NEWS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

CASE#: 20B501324

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Josh Gurwicz

STATION: New Haven

CONTACT#: 802-388-4919

DATE/TIME: 5/29/2020 at 1852 hours

STREET: U.S. Route 7

TOWN: New Haven

LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: River Road

WEATHER: Raining

ROAD CONDITIONS: Wet

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR: Karen Norton

AGE: 49

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Vergennes, VT

VEHICLE YEAR: 2010

VEHICLE MAKE: Chevrolet

VEHICLE MODEL: Silverado

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: Passenger side front end contact damage

INJURIES: None

VEHICLE #2

OPERATOR: Lana Newman

AGE: 29

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Middlebury, VT

VEHICLE YEAR: 2008

VEHICLE MAKE: Pontiac

VEHICLE MODEL: Vibe

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #2: Driver side rear end contact damage

INJURIES: None

SUMMARY OF CRASH: On May 29, 2020, at approximately 1852 hours, Troopers from the New Haven Barracks responded to U.S. Route 7 in the vicinity of River Road in the Town of New Haven for a report of a two vehicle crash.

It was reported that vehicle #1 had fled the scene of the crash. Based on information provided by operator #2, the operator of vehicle #1 was travelling south bound on U.S. Route 7 and passed vehicle #2 on the left. Vehicle #1 subsequently struck the driver’s side rear end of vehicle #2, disabling the vehicle’s rear tire. After colliding with the rear of vehicle #2, Operator #1 continued south bound on U.S. Route 7.

With the assistance of the Middlebury Police Department, vehicle #1 was located unoccupied. Troopers ultimately identified the operator of vehicle #1 as 49 year old Karen Norton of Vergennes, VT.

Subsequent investigation revealed Norton had committed the offense of Leaving the Scene of an Accident, a violation of Title 23 VSA Section 1128. Norton was located and released on citation to appear in Addison County Superior Court – Criminal Division to answer to the charge.

Vermont Civil Violation Complaint: T. 23 VSA Section 676; Operation after suspension, revocation, or refusal – civil violation

LODGED – LOCATION: N/A

BAIL: N/A

MUG SHOT: N/A

COURT ACTION: Yes

COURT: Middlebury

COURT DATE/TIME: August 24, 2020 @ 1230 hours

*Please note: court date and time are subject to change at the discretion of

the court. Please call the criminal court clerk to confirm arraignment time.

at 5/30/2020 12:43:00 AM
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