Driver in court for hitting bicyclist

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Tuesday, April 21
BRATTLEBORO -- A 71-year-old Dummerston man is in critical condition but improving after being hit by a car while riding his bicycle down Route 5 Saturday. Meanwhile, the driver was arraigned in Windham County District Court and released on conditions.

Bradford Greene was riding his mountain bike in Dummerston near Colonel's Cabin when he was struck from behind by a 2003 Mercury Sable.

Vermont State Police, Rescue Inc., and the Dummerston Fire Department responded to the scene, and Greene was transported to the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital helipad by Rescue Inc., and transported to Baystate Medical Center by DHART.

Greene is currently "a little more stable today," said Sgt. Michael Sorensen of the state police Monday afternoon. He added, "it sounds like he's still on a ventilator, and I guess he is showing some signs of consciousness but is not conscious."

"He's not out of the woods yet, but things are looking somewhat encouraging," Sorensen said.

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The driver was 19-year-old Cherish Carlin of Springfield, Mass.

Carlin appeared in court Monday to answer to the charges of grossly negligent vehicle operation resulting in serious injury, careless or negligent vehicle operation and reckless endangerment.

According to the police affidavit, both Greene and Carlin were heading south on Route 5 on the right-hand side of the road when Carlin crossed to the right of the white fog line.

Carlin told police that she was looking at her "Tom-Tom" GPS device for a place to eat, and when she looked up the bicyclist was right in front of her vehicle.

She could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison, a $15,000 fine or both if convicted of grossly negligent operation resulting in serious injury.

Jaime Cone can be reached at jcone@reformer.com or 802-254-2311, ext. 277.


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