Man Accused of Killing Vt. Teens in Wrong-Way Crash Out of Hospital

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The man accused of driving the wrong-way on Interstate 89 and causing a fiery crash that killed five teenagers is out of the hospital.

UVM Medical Center spokesperson Mike Noble said Steven Bourgoin was released from the hospital Thursday.

Bourgoin, of Williston, is currently being held without bail at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield on various charges, including five counts of second-degree murder.

Bourgoin was arraigned at the hospital on October 14 in connection to the October 8 crashes on I-89 in Williston. His attorney Bob Katim’s entered not guilty pleas to all charges.  

Police say the 36-year-old 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 seven 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.

The judge has ordered a mental evaluation for Bourgoin.  

If convicted, he faces 20 years to life in prison on each murder count.

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