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Motor Vehicle Accident


Vt. State Police - 2:32 pm Fri Aug 11th, 2006

This was a one vehicle crash in which Douglas Demarest was driving North
on
Interstate 91 at MM87/70 in Thetford and lost control of his 2000 Jeep
Cherokee. The vehicle went off the left side of the highway into the
median and
then came back across the interstate and up an embankment on the East
side and
overturned several times before coming to rest on its' wheels. The
operator's
wife, Ruth Demarest, age 78, was a passenger in the right front. Douglas
Demarest and Ruth Demarest were both transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Hospital by Upper Valley Ambulance. Douglas Demarest has a fractured
neck. A
passenger that was sitting in the right rear seat, Andrea Baker, age 48,
of Old
Saybrook, Connecticut was air-lifted by DHART to Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Hospital
with severe head injuries and remains in critical condition as of 9am,
07/11/06.
A witness told State Police Demarest went by his vehicle at a high rate
of
speed shortly before the crash occurred. Demarest told another witness
as well
as a State Trooper at the scene he fell asleep.
The Northbound lanes of Interstate 91 were closed for approximately
twenty
minutes until the DHART helicopter could land and take off again. Fire
Departments from Thetford and Fairlee responded to assist.
Andrea Baker, the passenger in the rear was declared DEAD on 07/14/2006.
The
investigation into this crash is on-going and the case will be sent to
the
Orange County State's Attorney Will Porter for review when the
investigation is
completed.
________________________________________
From: Media North [mailto:MEDIANORTH@DPS.STATE.VT.US] On Behalf Of Bruce
Melendy
Sent: Monday, July 24, 2006 10:45 AM
To: medianorth
Subject: [MEDIANORTH]

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH
CASE 06B301699 UPDATED 07/23/06
TROOPER: Sgt. Bruce Melendy STATION: Bradford DATE/TIME: 07/10/2006,
2:20pm
LOCATION (specific): Interstate 91 Northbound, MM 87/70, Thetford
VEHICLE #1 OPERATOR: Douglas M. Demarest AGE: 81 SEAT BELT? Y
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Essex, Connecticut
DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE: 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
DAMAGE TO VEHICLE: Totaled
INJURIES
Douglas Demarest, head, chest, facial lacerations SEAT BELT Y
Ruth Demarest head, facial lacerations SEAT BELT Y
Andrea Baker head SEAT BELT N
HOSPITAL: DARTMOUTH-HITCHCOCK
WEATHER: CLEAR ROAD CONDITION: DRY

Relevant Address(es):
Essex Junction, VT 05452 (Set as Local)
Barre, VT 05641 (Set as Local)
Fairlee, VT 05045 (Set as Local)
Essex, CT 06426 (Set as Local)
Old Saybrook, CT 06475 (Set as Local)
Thetford, VT 05074 (Set as Local)

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