Friday July 5, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- The man hospitalized after the vehicle he was driving crashed into the median on Interstate 91 earlier this year is expected to be in court next month to answer to charges related to the incident.

Timothy G. Liacos, of Shelton, Conn., will be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, careless and negligent operation and excessive speed in connection with the crash. He is scheduled to appear in Windham Superior Court: Criminal Division at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

Liacos, who turned 26 years old in April, was driving a 2013 Mazda CX5 northbound at about 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 25, when the vehicle swerved into the patch of earth separating the highway lanes near Exit 1 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 immediately stopped their vehicles and called emergency personnel after seeing the accident and a few rushed over to the man to help.

Liacos was transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., with serious and possibly life-threatening injuries. He underwent surgery a few days later. He has since been released from the medical center.

According to an affidavit from Vermont State 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.


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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. There was a opened bottle of Midnight Moon Moonshine and a bottle of root beer found at the scene in the path of debris consistent with the direction the vehicle had taken as it was rolling.

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 prior to the accident. 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.

Also, receipts for the purchase of alcohol and root beer on two separate days (March 24 and 25) were found in the vehicle. A search warrant was obtained to check the contents of the vehicle and the Event Data Recorder (EDR) 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 saw Liacos grind up a pill and snort it on at least eight occasions over the course of that weekend but did not see him the morning of the crash.

Domenic Poli can be reached at dpoli@reformer.com, or 802-254-2311, ext. 277. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoli_reformer.