A 16-year-old from Saxtons River faces charges of driving under the influence after a one-car crash in Putney early Sunday that killed a teenaged passenger.
Vermont State Police arrived on the scene on Route 5 near River Road South at about 3:00 a.m. to find both teens trapped in the vehicle. They were both taken to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. The passenger died; the driver’s injuries were not life-threatening.
Police are withholding the passenger’s name until after family members can be notified. The driver’s name likely will not be available at all because the case will be heard in family court, where the proceedings are not public records. The charges are driving under the influence and gross negligent operation, both with death resulting.
Route 5 was closed near the crash scene for more than three and a half hours. Troopers are looking for witnesses, so if you saw what happened, they’re asking you to call the Westminster barracks at (802) 722-4600.