STARKSBORO, Vt. (AP) — Two people are dead after the ATV they were riding was hit by a truck on Route 116 in Starksboro, state police said.

The crash was reported just before 10:30 p.m. Friday.

Police say an ATV driven by Tracy Bedell, 21, was headed west on Freedom Acres when it entered the northbound lane of Route 116 and was hit by a northbound vehicle that was unable to stop.

Bedell and a passenger on the ATV, Robert Lowell, 18, of Huntington, were taken to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington where they were pronounced dead.

The driver of the vehicle suffered minor injuries. He was later charged with driving under the influence, drugs.


On 07/31/2020 at approximately 2218 hours, the Vermont State Police received a report of a motor vehicle crash with serious injuries involving an ATV.

Troopers identified the operator of Vehicle #1 Tracy Bedell (21) of Starksboro, VT. The passenger of Vehicle #1 was identified as Robert Lowell (18) of Huntington, VT. The operator of Vehicle #2 was identified as Bayly LaRock (20) of Hinesburg, VT.

Investigation into this motor vehicle crash has revealed Bedell (OP#1) was traveling west bound on Freedom Acres in the Town of Starksboro on an ATV. OP#1 then entered the north bound lane of VT Route 116. At approximately the same time, LaRock (OP#2) was traveling north bound on VT Route 116. OP#2 was unable to stop before striking the driver’s side of the vehicle driven by OP#1.

Vehicle #1 and Vehicle #2 both came to rest in a ditch located off the south bound lane of VT Route 116.

Bedell and Lowell were transported to UVM Medical Center where they both succumbed to their injuries.

While speaking with LaRock, Troopers detected signs of impairment. LaRock was subsequently screened and placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI (Drugs). LaRock was transported to the Middlebury Police Department for processing and later released with a citation to appear in Addison County Superior Court, Criminal Division at a later date.

This motor vehicle crash is currently still under investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed this motor vehicle crash is encouraged to contact Trooper Ovchinnikoff at the New Haven Barracks.

Troopers were assisted on scene by members of the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad, Bristol Rescue Squad, Richmond EMS, Dartmouth Hitchcock Advanced Response Team, Starksboro Fire Department, Bristol Fire Department, Hinesburg Fire Department, Middlebury Police Department, and the State’s Attorney’s Office.





COURT: Addison County Superior Court, Criminal Division

COURT DATE/TIME: 09/21/2020, 1230 hours

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