Vermont State Police news in brief

MANCHESTER — An on-duty Manchester police officer was taken to the hospital after his cruiser collided with an SUV on Thursday, according to Vermont State Police.

At about 12:51 p.m., Kaylee Henzie, 36, of Sunderland was exiting a parking lot on the south side of Depot Street (Routes 11 and 30) and making a left turn to go west, police said in a news release. She told police that traffic traveling east on Depot Street was backed up and that, when the driver of a truck waved her on and let her pull out, she proceeded through the eastbound lane. The 2018 Jeep Compass she was driving was then struck by a 2015 Ford Explorer being driven by Darrin Jennings II, 22, of Arlington, who was traveling in the center turning lane to turn left onto Center Hill Road.

Jennings, an officer with the Manchester police, was on duty at the time. He was taken to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington for evaluation. Henzie was uninjured. Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

Troopers issued a warning to Henzie for the violation. Both SUVs received front-end damage.

SHAFTSBURY — A New York man was uninjured after the SUV he was driving struck a deer on Route 7 on Wednesday, according to Vermont State Police.

Kenneth Cross, 34, of Hoosick Falls, N.Y., was driving north near mile marker 18 at about 5:30 p.m. when two deer entered the road in the path of his 2012 Ford Escape, police said in a news release. Cross avoided one deer, but was unable to avoid the second, and struck it with the front end of the SUV. The vehicle sustained significant front end damage. No injuries were reported. Cross was wearing a seat belt. The vehicle was towed from the scene by Leblanc's Auto.

ARLINGTON — An Arlington man was injured after the SUV he was driving went off Dunham Road on Wednesday night, according to Vermont State Police.

Troopers and emergency service personnel responded to a single car crash near Pine Knoll Road at about 8:50 p.m., police said in a news release. Troopers found a 2011 Subaru Outback that had left the road and struck several trees. The driver was later located at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington and identified as Christopher S. Sullivan. Sullivan, 23, suffered a minor head injury and was being evaluated. The SUV received heavy damage to the driver's side doors, roof, and driver's side front fender. Several side airbags had deployed during the crash. Sullivan was cited for driving too fast for the snowy conditions.


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