Crash on Route 100 leaves one man dead

Wednesday November 14, 2012

WILMINGTON -- Police are still investigating the cause of a car accident on Route 100 Tuesday afternoon that led to the death of a local man.

"We’re uncertain to what contributed to the accident," Wilmington Police Chief Joseph Szarejko said. "We’re looking into further investigation."

Just before 11 a.m., Rocco Corsaro, 82, of Wilmington, was driving northbound when his Honda Civic crossed the center line. He was killed when his vehicle struck a WW Building Supply delivery truck, being driven by Donald Derby, who was traveling southbound on Route 100. After Corsaro’s vehicle made contact with the delivery truck, Derby lost control, crossed the center line and struck another vehicle, a 2002 Volvo V70. The Volvo was being driven by Janine Jeffers, of Townshend.

Jeffers was trapped in the car and had two small children in the back seat. The children were extricated first. It took responders about 3 hours to get Jeffers out, Szarejko told the Reformer on Tuesday night.

Jeffers was immediately brought to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.

The children were not Jeffers’ and did not appear to be injured. Their parents took them to the hospital after the accident.

Vermont State Police came and diagrammed the scene.

Besides the Wilmington Police, other responders included Wilmington Fire Department, Dover Police Department, East Dover Fire Department and Deerfield Valley Rescue. An ambulance came from Whitingham and the Department of Motor Vehicles sent two inspectors over for the WW truck. A state police reconstruction team was at the scene as well.

"It was a long process," said Szarejko. "Everyone worked well together and did an outstanding job."

Route 100 was closed from Coldbrook Road to Higley Hill Road and a detour was made available over Coldbrook Road to Handle Road. The closed section of the road was reopened at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or


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