A Vermont man is facing a criminal charge stemming from a crash that killed a Casella worker.

St. Albans police say Benjamin Smyth, 30, of Enosburg Falls, is facing one count of grossly negligent operation of a motor vehicle with death resulting in connection to the August 11 crash on Fairfield Hill Road.

Police say Patrick Wedge, of St. Albans, was loading trash into the rear of a Casella truck when he was hit by a utility van driven by Smyth. Police say Wedge was pinned between the two vehicles; he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wedge never saw or heard the van coming, police said.

A second Casella employee jumped out of the way. Police say he suffered minor injuries.

Police say Smyth had to be extricated from the van. He was transported to the hospital for serious injuries.

Police say Smyth was also issued two civil traffic complaints—one for operating too fast for conditions, and driving on roadways laned for traffic.

“The first because he was obviously operating at a speed that was faster than would allow him to stop (distracted),” explained St. Albans Police Captain Ron Hoague in an email to Local 22 & Local 44.

Hogue said the second traffic complaint was issued because the truck was parked on the shoulder of the road, and Smyth should have been able to avoid it.

The fines are $245 and $220 each.

Smyth is expected to appear at Vermont Superior Court in St. Albans on November 27.