BENNINGTON -- The state has dismissed a felony charge against an elderly woman accused of striking and killing a 79-year-old man with her car in January.
Georgianna Carter, 87, of North Bennington, was found incompetent to stand trial on Monday after a hearing. She pleaded not guilty to gross negligent vehicle operation on April 8. According to Bennington Police, on Jan. 26, at 11:07 a.m., officers were dispatched to 1246 North Bennington Road where emergency personnel found Henry Chalifoux lying by his mailbox. He became unresponsive while in a Bennington Rescue Squad ambulance and was pronounced dead at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.
According to police, Carter said she saw Chalifoux crossing the road and swerved to avoid him, but failed. A witness following Carter said he did not see Carter's brake lights or her car swerve, nor did he see Chalifoux look before crossing the road.
Police said Carter and Chalifoux were at least 230 feet from each other when Chalifoux began crossing the road. Nothing was there to obstruct Carter's vision and she only needed 97 feet to stop, police said. Chalifoux was struck while he was near the edge of the road by his mailbox.
At her various court appearances, Carter has exhibited difficulty in hearing as well as mobility. Her attorney, Frederick Bragdon, said she had voluntarily given up her driver's license after the incident.
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