BRATTLEBORO -- An unidentified male sustained minor injuries after losing control of the car he was driving Wednesday afternoon and crashing into the corner of an unoccupied house at 10 Wilson's Woods Road.
Brattleboro Patrol Officer Adam Belville told the Reformer the injured male, a 17-year-old Dummerston resident, was the only occupant of the vehicle at the time of the crash. He was brought to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital by Rescue Inc. The site of the accident was near Brattleboro Union High School, at the intersection of Wilson's Wood and Fairground roads, but Belville was unable to confirm if he was a student. Following an investigation, the operator was cited for negligent operation of a motor vehicle and must appear in Windham Superior Court: Criminal Division at a later date to answer to the charge, according to a press release.
The 911 call came in at 1:27 p.m., Belville said. Members of the Brattleboro Fire Department were also on the scene and the vehicle was taken away by Brattleboro Towing and Recovery.
The house was built by students involved with the Windham Regional Career Center, as part of the Wilson's Wood House Project.
Paul Cohen, the co-op/apprenticeship coordinator at WRCC, said the project was a four-year undertaking by students in the career center's construction program. He said the house is nearly complete and has been on the market since the fall. The purpose of the project is to help teach the students, who also built cabinets for the Habitat for Humanity house built in West Dummerston earlier in the school year, about the construction trade.
He told the Reformer that he and construction teacher Robert Simeon drove to the crash site, down the road from WRCC's location, after hearing about the accident.
"I'm sure it will be a topic of conversation in tomorrow's construction class," he said, adding that he could not comment of the morale of the construction students following the incident. He said there are about 28 students in the construction program this year.
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