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Justin Lertola, Donna Therrien - Motor Vehicle Accident



Vt. State Police - 10:40 pm Sat Jun 21st, 2014

On June 21, 2014, at approximately 1506 hours, the Vermont State Police responded to a reported two vehicle crash near residence 6087 US Route 7, Pittsford, Vermont. While en route, state police were advised that the crash may involve a fatality.

Although the investigation is still ongoing, it was determined that Justin Lertola was driving south on US Route 7 when his vehicle veered into the northbound travel lane, approximately one mile north of Kendall Hill Rd in Pittsford. Evidence at the scene indicated that Justin crashed into a northbound vehicle operated by Donna Therrien of Pittsford.
Justin Lertola was pronounced deceased at the crash scene by members of the Rutland Regional Ambulance Service. Donna Therrien and her two passengers, were transported to the Rutland Regional Medical Center. Donna was subsequently admitted into the Intensive Care Unit due to the severity of her injuries; she was not able to provide a statement to police. Although one of her teenage passengers was held at the hospital, the other was released with minor injuries.
The Pittsford Fire Department, Brandon Rescue Squad, Rutland Regional Ambulance Service and several motorists assisted at the crash scene.
US Route 7 was closed for approximately 4.5 hours while the crash was investigated. Both vehicles were totaled and towed away by local tow services.
This investigation is still active. Anyone with information regarding this incident are encouraged to contact the Vermont State Police at 773-9101 or submit an anonymous tip text "CRIMES" to keyword "VTIPS" or utilize Vtips.Info in order to submit anonymous information.
Trooper Gelder
Vermont State Police
124 State Place
Rutland, VT 05701
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Begin forwarded message:
From: "Gelder, Steven" <Steven.Gelder@state.vt.us<mailto:Steven.Gelder@state.vt.us>>
Date: June 21, 2014 at 10:16:36 PM EDT
To: "Cruise, James" <James.Cruise@state.vt.us<mailto:James.Cruise@state.vt.us>>
Subject: Press Release / Vermont State Police-Rutland / 2 VH Crash - Fatal / 14C103322MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH
CASE#: 14C103322
TROOPER: Trooper Steven Gelder
STATION: Rutland Barracks
CONTACT#: 802-773-9101
DATE/TIME: 06/21/2014 1506 hrs
LOCATION: near 6087 US Route 7, Pittsford, Vermont
VEHICLE #1
OPERATOR: Justin Lertola
AGE: 24
SEAT BELT? Yes
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Pittsford, VT
DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE: 2009 Volkswagen Jetta
DAMAGE TO VEHICLE: Extensive contact and induced damage throughout front end.
VEHICLE #2
OPERATOR: Donna Therrien
AGE: 66
SEAT BELT? No
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Pittsford, VT
DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE: 2005 Ford Explorer
DAMAGE TO VEHICLE: Extensive contact and induced damage throughout front end.
INJURIES:
Operator #1 Justin Lertola was pronounced deceased at the crash scene.
Operator #2 Donna Therrien and both of her juvenile passengers were transported to the Rutland Regional Medical Center with none life threatening injuries.
HOSPITAL: Rutland Regional Medical Center
WEATHER: Partly cloudy
ROAD COND: Dry

Relevant Address(es):
Brandon, VT 05733 (Set as Local)
Pittsford, VT 05763 (Set as Local)
Rutland, VT 05701 (Set as Local)

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