Early morning crash damages two pastures


Kristopher Radder, kradder@reformer.com

Editor's Note: This story was updated at 8 p.m. to include the name of the person suspected in the crash.

NEWFANE — A peaceful location on Route 30 became a scene of destruction after a driver in a Saab went off the road and slammed into a horse pasture before driving over an embankment, hitting a stop sign and crashing into a cow pasture. Tire marks from the vehicle in the field showed the driver then exited out of the second pastor and took off down the Route 30.

Cina Friend, owner of Red Rocker Farm on 315 Route 30, said she was inside her house when the incident occurred, and that the first thing she saw out the window was a light on across the street, which was her grandmother's house. She thought that someone might have broken into the house. A member of the Vermont State Police knocked on her door and asked her if she owned the cows in a pasture. The trooper told her that all the animals were fine but the cows were trying to escape.

While walking around the property, looking at the damage this morning around 11 a.m., Friend was picking up pieces of the car; she joked that she had almost enough parts to make her own car.

"We found enough car parts to wonder how the car was able to actually run; we have both headlights, mirror, the windshield wiper container, muffler, fuse box," said Friend in a light-hearted manner. "With all that damage, makes me wonder if I should buy a Saab."

Neighbors passing by talked about how loud the noise was, and were surprised to hear the driver of the vehicle left the scene.

"We have two pastures that need to be repaired, quite a bit of fencing, electric fencing, and wire fencing to help keep the animals out of Route 30," said Friend. "We have a lot of oil spillage in the pasture, that I can't even let the cows out here until that gets cleaned up."

Friend mentioned that it could take a week to three to fix the damage depending on who they can get to help out with the repairs. She added that they have had many offers from those willing to help, including help with getting postholes dug. Some others have offered to help clean up, with two friends in the field this morning picking up parts of the car to get them out of the pastures.

"The community has been awesome, people are calling, anything they can do, they are more than willing to help," said Friend.

At 8 p.m. on Monday, the Vermont State Police published a press release stating Joamey M. Cancel, 21, of Newfane, was found in her vehicle in a ditch about 100 yards from the crash scene. She was cited with driving under the influence.

Kris Radder can be contacted at 802-254-2311, ext. 270.


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