Vernon police: Probe of fatal crash continues

Saturday August 17, 2013

VERNON -- Police have released a few new details about a June crash that led to the death of a Readsboro woman.

But the incident remains under investigation, and no criminal charges have been filed.

The accident was reported at approximately 8 p.m. June 8. Initially, police had released only the names of those involved.

Vernon police Sgt. Bruce Gauld this week updated that information, saying a 2000 Jeep Cherokee driven by Andrew Bristol of Vernon had been traveling south on Route 142.

A 2000 Nissan Maxima driven by Edward Class III of Vernon was traveling north and "traveled into the southbound lane and struck the Bristol vehicle head-on in front of the Vernon Union Church," Gauld said.

Bristol suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, police said.

But Class and a passenger in the Maxima, 22-year-old Tanya May, were trapped in the wreckage and had to be extricated with the jaws of life, Gauld said.

Both were "severely injured," Gauld said. Class was flown by medical helicopter to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., while May was flown to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass.

The Windham County State's Attorney's office confirmed that the accident investigation is ongoing.

Family members have said May died from her injuries on June 12 at the hospital. She is survived by her husband, Kyle May of Readsboro, and a daughter, Gracie Belle May of Readsboro.

Mike Faher can be reached at or 802-254-2311, ext. 275.


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