KEITH WHITCOMB JR.
BENNINGTON -- A hot pepper being tossed from a window preceded a crash Wednesday that sent two people to the hospital.
According to Bennington Police Lt. Lloyd Dean, at 5:50 p.m. rescue services were sent to a single-vehicle crash on Route 9 by Ronnie’s Cycle. It was reported that the occupants were trapped inside the 1990 GMC Jimmy. Police arrived to find the driver, Kristin Pierce, 19, of Eagle Bridge, N.Y., being treated by an off-duty emergency room nurse from Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, who had witnessed the crash. Pierce was unconscious and it was feared her injuries were life threatening but they were determined not to be after she was taken to SVMC via the Bennington Rescue Squad.
Reports indicated that the passenger, Gregory Kalenian, 23, of North Bennington, was taken from the scene via ambulance.
Dean wrote that Pierce told police she was driving west when she threw a pepper from the vehicle’s window. In so doing she jerked the wheel to the right, then overcorrected, causing the vehicle to slide then roll over. The nurse confirmed this.
According to Dean, the crash remains under investigation and criminal charges are pending.
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