HEBRON, N.Y. -- Police reported a fatal motor vehicle accident in neighboring New York involving alcohol and motorists from Vermont.
Cassie E. Earley, 29, of Arlington, Vt., now faces a vehicular manslaughter charge for allegedly being intoxicated behind the wheel at the time of the accident.
In a written release from Washington County Sheriff Jeffrey Murphy’s office, police said 83-year-old Vincent J. Muro, of West Rutland, Vt., was pronounced dead upon arrival at Rutland Regional Medical Center. Muro’s passenger, 64-year-old Ann Rigg, of North Clarendon, Vt., was also transported to the hospital for examination.
Police said the accident occurred Sunday at approximately 6:58 a.m. on state Route 22 in the town of Hebron, between Chamberlain Mills and Pine Hill Road.
According to authorities, Earley was driving northbound in a 2010 Toyota Tacoma when she crossed the centerline and struck Muro’s southbound vehicle. The impact caused Muro’s vehicle to roll over, trapping both occupants and requiring extrication by responding fire personnel from Hebron and Salem.
Earley was not injured in the crash, and following an investigation was taken into custody for driving while intoxicated. She was processed and arraigned before Argyle Town Justice Robert Buck on second-degree vehicular manslaughter, driving while intoxicated, and failure to keep right.
Earley was remanded to the Washington County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.
Police said the case remained under investigation and that further charges may be filed in consulation with the district attorney’s office. Sheriff’s officers were joined at the scene by rescue squads from Salem and Granville.
-- Zeke Wright