On 04/20/2017, at approximately 0643 hours, Troopers from the New Haven Barracks of the Vermont State Police were dispatched to a reported two vehicle, head-on collision that occurred on U.S. RT 7 in the Town of Salisbury, VT.
Upon arrival, Troopers observed the Salisbury Fire Department and crews from the Middlebury Regional Emergency Services attending to the operators of both vehicles. A third individual had been transported to Porter Hospital prior to our arrival. In addition, both vehicles, a silver, 2010 Mazda, and a grey, 2008 Chevrolet were observed off the roadway, west of the southbound lane of travel.
Preliminary investigation and witness statements indicate Newell, the operator to the Mazda was traveling northbound at a high rate of speed, passing slower moving vehicles that were ahead of him. Walker and her passenger were traveling south. Newell travelled left of center to pass a vehicle in front of him, and into the path of Walker. Both Newell and Walker attempted to avoid a collision by driving into the breakdown lane, however, were unable to do so. Upon impact both vehicle’s left the roadway and came to a position of rest, west of the southbound lane of travel. Walker’s passenger died of injuries sustained in the crash.
As a result of the investigation conducted by the Vermont State Police, Shawn Newell, was charged with Gross Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle with Death Resulting. On 05/11/2017, Newell was processed at the New Haven Barracks and released on citation to appear at Addison District Court on 06/05/2017, to answer to the charge of Gross Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle with Death Resulting.