One dead, one in critical condition after suspected drunk-driving crash in Pownal

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Criminal charges are pending in connection with a crash on Route 7 in Pownal that killed a motorcyclist from Massachusetts.

Kyle Thayer, 36, of Clarksburg, Massachusetts was heading south in a side-by-side ATV shortly after 7:00 p.m. Saturday. Vermont State Police say he turned left, onto South Mason Hill Road, into the path of an oncoming motorcycle.

The biker — Todd Rhinemiller, 48, from Adams, Massachusetts — couldn’t stop in time to avoid the crash. He was wearing a helmet, but the impact threw him over a guardrail.

Both men were flown to Albany Medical Center in New York, where Rhinemiller died. Thayer has life-threatening injuries.

Troopers believe Thayer was driving drunk, but they’re waiting for the results of a blood alcohol test before filing charges.

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