WHITINGHAM >> A passenger was killed and the driver faces charges after an early morning car crash on Thursday.

Jordan Belliveau, 20, suffered multiple serious injuries and was flown to a New York trauma center, where he later died, according to Vermont State Police.

Police arrested the 24-year-old driver, who they said left the scene on foot and was found by Troopers.

Patrick Belliveau, of Gardner, Mass., is being charged with gross negligent operation and leaving the scene of a crash, and could be charged with driving under the influence, police said.

Patrick Belliveau was driving a 2007 Dodge Durango on Tunnel Street at about 2 a.m. on Thursday when it went off the road and struck a tree about a mile north of Bosley Hill Road, according to Vermont State Police.

Police said the driver was not present when they arrived to the scene. Members of the Readsboro Fire Department extricated Jordan Belliveau from the vehicle. Police said he suffered multiple compound fractures, internal injuries and head injuries and was flown from the scene by helicopter to Albany Medical Center, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Troopers found Patrick Belliveau about 4 miles from the crash. Police said they screened Belliveau for alcohol and drug impairment and determined his blood alcohol level was .089 percent, above the limit of .08.

Belliveau suffered a fractured arm and was taken to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.

The Durango was considered totaled with front end, passenger side and undercarriage damage.


Mutual aid was provided by the Stamford Fire Department, the Monroe (Mass.) Fire Department, and North Adams (Mass.) Ambulance Service.

Tunnel Street was closed to traffic for about three hours while the crash was investigated.

Anyone with information related to this crash should contact the Vermont State Police Shaftsbury barracks at 802-442-5421.