UPDATE: Driver cited in fatal accident in Newfane

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NEWFANE — A Brattleboro man is dead after his vehicle was struck head on while traveling on Route 30 in Newfane Friday afternoon.

According to a news release from Vermont State Police, Robert Lind, 32, of Brattleboro, was pronounced dead at the scene after a vehicle being operated by Sarah Loos, 26, of Bondville, who was driving a 2012 Toyota Highlander, crossed the center line, striking Lind's 1999 Subaru Hatchback head on.
According to the news release, Loos was traveling north on Route 30 at 4:30 p.m. when the crash occurred at the intersection of Sears Road. She sustained minor injuries to her right arm and was transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.
A passenger in Lind's vehicle, Mandi Gamache, was airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchock Medical Center with significant injuries, to include multiple fractures to her left arm and leg as well as unknown injuries to her chest. Her age and place of residence were not listed in the VSP news release. 
The news release stated a witness traveling behind Lind at the time of the crash noted Lind was traveling at approximately 40 mph in the 50-mph zone.
The witness told troopers Loos drifted well into the southbound lane, police said.
During the investigation, troopers obtained a search warrant to collect blood from Loos, who was cited with grossly negligent operation resulting in a death. She was also cited with driving under the influence of drugs, according to police. 
She was ordered to appear in court at a later date. 
Anyone who may have witnessed the accident, or the events leading up to it, is encouraged to contact Trooper Max Trenosky at 802-722-4600.Vermont State Police were assisted by the NewBrook Fire & Rescue, Rescue Inc., and the Brattleboro Police Department.


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