BRATTLEBORO -- The state plans to file charges against the man still hospitalized after being ejected from the vehicle he was driving when it crashed into the median near Exit 1 of Interstate 91 last month.
Timothy G. Liacos, of Shelton, Conn., will be charged in connection with the crash and has had his driver's license suspended, according to Deputy State's Attorney Steven Brown. He would not, however, confirm the specific charges.
Liacos, who turned 26 years old on Thursday, was driving a 2013 Mazda CX5 northbound at about 11:30 a.m. when the vehicle swerved into the patch of earth separating the highway lanes and rolled several yards before coming to a rest on its wheels. Liacos was ejected from the vehicle and lay unconscious in the middle of I-91 South. Multiple drivers-by stopped their vehicles and called emergency personnel after seeing the accident and a few rushed over to the man to help.
According to an affidavit from Trooper Genevra Cushman, she arrived at the scene from the Brattleboro barracks and first checked to make sure there weren't any other people in the mangled vehicle. Cushman reports Sgt. Eric Albright learned from witnesses that Liacos struck a guardrail and came up behind their car at a high rate of speed, passed them in the left-hand lane and then cut back into the right-hand lane.
Cushman reported there was an odor of intoxicants coming from the damaged vehicle.
According to court documents, Liacos' blood-alcohol was .175.
A prescription bottle of Clonazepam was also found in the vehicle. According to Cushman, the pills were prescribed to Liacos and a prescription for 30 pills was filled three days earlier. The bottle's label called for one pill twice a day but Cushman noticed there were only five pills left in the bottle. If Liacos had followed the instructions properly, there would have been 23 pills left.
There were also receipts for the purchase of alcohol and root beer on two separate days (March 24 and 25) found in the vehicle.
According to Cushman, she later spoke with Ryan Muller, who said he had hosted Liacos at his Vermont residence from Friday, March 22, to Monday, March 25. Muller said he witnessed Liacos grind up a pill and snort it on at least eight occasions over the course of the weekend but did not see him the morning of the crash.
Cushman reported she contacted Sgt. John Young of the Vermont State Police Crash Reconstruction Team and described the crash's details and the vehicle involved. She then learned the Mazda CX5 Liacos was driving was equipped with an electronic device known as an Event Data Recorder (EDR). Young advised that the EDR records data involved in the crash as part of the airbag system equipped on the vehicle. The EDR may record a deployment or non-deployment event. A search warrant was obtained to check the content of the vehicle and the EDR.
Liacos was removed from the accident scene by emergency responders for transport to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., where he remains. There was no update on his condition.
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