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Car Accident on I-91 in Norwich, Vermont With Personal Injuries

| May 31, 2021 | Firm News |

May 31, 2021
Royalton Barracks / Crash
STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

NEWS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

CASE#: 21B201690

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Corporal Eric Vitali

STATION: Royalton

CONTACT#: 802-234-9933

DATE/TIME: 05/30/21 at 1915 hours

STREET: Interstate 91 southbound

TOWN: Norwich

INTERSTATE MILE MARKER: 76/2

WEATHER: Rain

ROAD CONDITIONS: Wet with standing water

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR: Benjamin M. Grottole

AGE: 20

SEAT BELT? Yes

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Colchester, CT

VEHICLE YEAR: 2008

VEHICLE MAKE: Volkswagon

VEHICLE MODEL: Rabbit

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: Substantial passenger side damage.

INJURIES: Incapacity injuries to the passenger

HOSPITAL: Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

PASSENGER: David S. Ashley

AGE: 20

SEAT BELT? Yes

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Colchester, CT

SUMMARY OF CRASH:

On 05/30/21 at approximately 1915 hours, Vermont State Police were notified of a single vehicle car crash on Interstate 91, in the area of Exit 13 in the Town of Norwich, VT. The vehicle was identified as a 2008 Volkswagon Rabbit and was being operated by Benjamin M. Grottole of Colchester, CT. The vehicle was also occupied by a single passenger, David S. Ashley of Colchester, CT.

Grottole’s vehicle was traveling south on Interstate 91 in the area of mile marker 76. The vehicle left the roadway, traveling into the median and collided with an electronic sign cart that was position in the U turn. This caused significant damage to the vehicle which came to rest in the median. Grottole received no injuries, however Ashley was transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for incapacitating injures.

At the time of the crash the weather consisted of a moderate rain and the roadways were wet. Standing water was observed in the roadway in the area of the crash.

The operator was screened and processed Driving under the Influence – Drugs.

This case remains under investigation and no action has been determined at this time.

LODGED – LOCATION: N/A

BAIL: N/A

MUG SHOT: None

COURT ACTION: Cited

COURT: Windsor

COURT DATE/TIME: July 27, 2021 / 8:00 AM

*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 5/31/2021 01:04:00 AM
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