Depositions to Begin in Fatal I-89 Wrong-Way Crash Case

WILLISTON, Vt. - Attorneys will begin taking depositions this week in the case against a man accused of causing a fiery crash on I-89 that killed five teenagers.

Steven Bourgoin, of Williston, has pleaded not guilty to various charges, including five counts of second-degree murder in the October 2016 crash.

Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah George says attorneys will take depositions Thursday from members of the State Police Crash Reconstruction Team, and from Vermont State Police Detective Lt. Lance Burnham.

George says depositions are set for six hours on June 22, and June 29 at the Vermont State Police barracks in Williston, and she expects to do more.

“There are over 100 State witnesses listed for this case so I imagine it will take a long time to complete them, assuming defense will depose most of the State’s listed witnesses,” George said in an email to Local 22 & Local 44.

Police say Bourgoin, 36, was driving the wrong-way on I-89 in Williston when he crashed into a car, killing five teenagers. He then stole a police cruiser before crashing into several other vehicles, police said.

Mary Harris, 16, of Moretown; Cyrus Zschau, 16, of Moretown; Liam Hale, 16, of Fayston; Janie Cozzi, 15, of Fayston; and Eli Brookens, 16, of Waterbury, died in the crash.

According to court documents, Bourgoin was facing financial difficulties, as well as domestic and custody issues with his ex-girlfriend.

No trial date has been set.


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