BENNINGTON — Following a three-vehicle crash Friday on Route 7 in front of the Park Lawn Cemetery, police released further information about one driver who received life-threatening injuries.
Omar Montoya, 47, of Florida, was operating a 2014 Kia Optima traveling northbound on Route 7 at a high rate of speed around 4:30 p.m. On scene, he was found not breathing and without a pulse, according to a release from the Bennington Police Department. Montoya was extracted from the vehicle, treated and revived by the Bennington Rescue Squad, and then transported to Albany Medical Center in Albany, N.Y.
Montoya's vehicle crossed the center line just south of the cemetery when his driver's side struck the driver's side of a 2012 GMC Yukon driven by 56-year-old, Deborah Schmidt-Caron, who was traveling southbound. Schmidt-Caron's vehicle left the roadway and rolled onto its driver's side, police reported. Schmidt-Caron was transported to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) for evaluation of possible injuries.
Montoya's vehicle continued northbound and into the southbound lane, which then crashed head-on into 38-year-old Katherine Evans' 2010 Toyota Prius. Also in the Prius were two 4-year-old children. All three reportedly received possible injuries and were evaluated at SVMC.
Evans and Schmidt-Caron are both Massachusetts residents.
All involved were wearing seatbelts at the time the crash occurred.
The Bennington County Sheriff's Department, Bennington Rescue Squad, Bennington Fire Department, and Bennington Rural Fire Department responded and assessed the crash. The three vehicles were removed by Walt's Towing and Service.
The crash remains under investigation. Those with information should contact Bennington Police Officer Michael Sharshon at 802-442-1030.
— Makayla-Courtney McGeeney can be reached at (802)-447-7567, ext. 118.