Vermont State Police say 16 year-old Bellows Free Academy student dead in crash


Vermont State Police say a 16 year-old Fairfax girl is dead after an early morning crash on Route 104.

Troopers responded to the crash close to 7:00 Friday morning.

Police say Ada Sorensen, 16, was traveling north on Route 104 when she lost traction and control of her vehicle.

Troopers add the weather at the time was a heavy accumulation of wet snow.

While Sorensen’s vehicle traveled into both lanes, police say Paul Bowler, 54, of St. Albans, saw Sorensen try to gain control of her car, and he tried to avoid hitting her by pulling on to the right shoulder of the road.

Police say the two vehicles ending up colliding. Fairfax Rescue pronounced Sorensen dead at the scene; Bowler was transported with minor injuries.

Northwestern Counseling and Support Services Embedded Employee (a crisis specialist working in conjunction with Vermont State Police) arrived on scene to assist with the family.

The NCSS specialist worked directly with NCSS agency to design a plan for the students at Bellows Free Academy – St. Albans, as Sorensen was enrolled as a student there.

Although BFA St. Albans Senior, Cheyanne Germain didn’t know Sorensen personally, she is comforting her peers during this tragic loss.

“I know two friends that knew her and they were really broken up, they were crying in class and I actually had to comfort them. At the time they didn’t really know what happened to her, so it made it even worse.”

BFA Principal Chris Mosca released this statement to families on Friday:

Hello Everyone,

It is with deep regret that I need to let you know BFA sophomore Ada Sorensen died tragically this morning in an automobile accident. The entire BFA community was shocked and saddened by this news. Most importantly, our hearts go out to the Sorensen family who are dealing with such an unspeakable loss.

There is nothing sadder than the death a young person. Such an event affects us all. To support our students and families, counselors will be available tomorrow from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the BFA Guidance Office. If your child is struggling, please do not hesitate to contact us at 527-6571.

During these difficult times it is good to know that the greater St. Albans community can come together to support one another. St. Albans Police Department and Northwestern Counseling and Support Services have been very helpful in supporting our students and staff. NCSS is available anytime at 524-6554.

Your kindness, compassion and support for the Sorenson family is genuinely and deeply appreciated.

Sincerely, Chris Mosca Principal

This crash remains under investigation.

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