BENNINGTON -- Misdemeanor charges have been filed against a Pownal woman who in May crashed her vehicle into two houses on Route 346.

Nicole Prouty-Carbonaro, 31, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to careless or negligent vehicle operation, and reckless endangerment. She was released on conditions.

According to Vermont State Trooper Wayne Godfrey, on June 17 he was told by the Bennington County State's Attorney's Office to cite Prouty-Carbonaro with misdemeanor charges stemming from the May 7 crash.

He wrote that Prouty-Carbonaro came to the State Police barracks in Shaftsbury and said since the crash she had spoken to her doctor, who said she likely had a seizure. He told her not to drive for six months. Godfrey asked Prouty-Carbonaro to get documentation of this, as it would help resolve the case.

In his affidavit regarding the crash, he wrote that when he arrived at the scene the weather was dry and that Prouty-Carbonaro was already out of the vehicle being treated by the Pownal Rescue Squad for head wounds. There was an infant still in the crashed car, which was upside down. The child was not injured.

Godfrey said he could not get close to enough to Prouty-Carbonaro to smell alcohol, if there was any, nor could he see her eyes. There was a bottle of Tramadol, a pain-reliever, in the car.

At Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, Prouty-Carbonaro said she had no memory of the crash and agreed to supply a blood sample for testing.


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Godfrey asked if she had been wearing a seat belt, and she insisted she had. Godfrey wrote that he suspected she was not wearing one because it had not locked into place like it would during a crash had it been used.

He said there were no tire marks on the road to indicate any braking or swerving, and there was no apparent reason for Prouty-Carbonaro going off the road.

Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at kwhitcomb@benningtonbanner.com or follow him on Twitter @KWhitcombjr.