Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Driver of Fatal Crash That Killed 5 Sought Help From Hospital

Suspect in fatal Vermont wrong-way crash suffered from PTSD, documents say
Oct 11, 2016
Steven Bourgoin, 36, visited hospital three times before fatal crash
BURLINGTON, Vt. —Court documents are providing new information about the man police said caused a head-on crash that killed five teens.
The documents were filed Monday in Chittenden County Superior Court, according to WPTZ.

Prosecutors charged Steven Bourgoin, 36, of Williston, with reckless or grossly negligent operation of a vehicle and aggravated operating a vehicle without the owner's consent.

Detective Sgt. Benjamin Katz filed an affidavit detailing parts of the investigation. Investigators said Bourgoin was driving northbound in the southbound lanes just before midnight Saturday when he hit a car carrying five teenagers.

Bourgoin then stole an officer's cruiser, police said, and fled southbound -- only to turn around and return to the scene where he hit the victims' car a second time.

Williston Officer Eric Shepherd was the first officer on the scene. He told investigators Bourgoin was driving at nearly 100 mph when he caused the second crash.

The five teens were pronounced dead at the scene. Seven other cars were also hit, injuring five additional victims who received treatment at UVM Medical Center.
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