Vermont State Police said William Lacroix, 18, of Bennington, was driving his 1979 Chevrolet pickup truck when he lost control of the vehicle. He was driving faster than the posted 35 mph speed limit, according to Trooper Justin Walker.
Lacroix struck Deborah Ennis, 36, of Pownal. She suffered lacerations and internal injuries. She was airlifted from the scene to Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center, according to Walker.
A 15-year-old female passenger in the truck who was not named by police was also airlifted to Albany Medical Center with serious internal injuries.
Lacroix and two other male passengers, 20-year-old Nicholas Davis, of Pownal, and a 17-year-old male from Pownal, suffered minor injuries. The 17-year-old was transported to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. Lacroix and Davis refused medical treatment, Walker said.
None of the passengers in the truck were wearing seat belts, he said.
Lacroix was taken into custody and charged with gross negligent operation of a vehicle with serious bodily injury resulting. He was released into the custody of his grandfather and is scheduled to appear in Bennington Superior Court Criminal Division today.
A full story will appear in Thursday's edition of the Banner.