Vermont woman pleads not guilty for crash that killed Lyndon 3-year-old

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Melinda Mitchell, 28, of Lyndon is accused of driving distracted and causing the Oct. 21 crash.

A woman accused of causing a head-on crash that killed a three-year-old boy was arraigned Monday in Caledonia County Superior Court.

Melinda Mitchell, 28, pleaded not guilty to two counts of gross negligent operation for her role in the October 21 crash. Police say Mitchell was distracted when she missed a curve on Route 5 in Lyndon, drove across the center line and collided with a car driven by 41-year-old Sandra Leach.

Leach’s son, Dean Spicer, 3, a passenger in the car, died Friday. As of Sunday, Sandra Leach was still being treated at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Mitchell suffered a minor ankle injury. She was jailed Sunday for a probation violation, but was released on conditions after Monday’s arraignment.

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