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Lebanon Police Identify Victim, Driver in Fatal Pedestrian Crash



Valley News Staff Writer
Thursday, November 08, 2018

Lebanon — The 52-year-old pedestrian who was struck and killed in a crosswalk near two Lebanon schools on Wednesday evening has been identified by Lebanon police as Matthew B. Biathrow, of Enfield.

Biathrow was struck by a motorist from Quechee who was turning left onto Evans Drive from Hanover Street Extension around 6:25 p.m. on Wednesday, police said.

Police on Thursday evening identified both Biathrow and the driver, Emily Tyburski, 39, of Quechee. The intersection is just south of both Hanover Street School and Lebanon High School, but Biathrow was not affiliated with either school, according to Lebanon Police Chief Richard Mello.

Efforts to reach Biathrow’s family members in the Lebanon area on Thursday evening were unsuccessful.

According to a LinkedIn profile for a Quechee resident named Emily Tyburski, she is a regional manager of indirect retail at Comcast, which maintains a service center at 166 Hanover St. Extension, south of the intersection. The center closes at 6 p.m., according to Comcast’s company website.

Mello said he was not able to comment at this time about where the driver was coming from or going.

Speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the crash, the news release said, and the investigation is ongoing.

The intersection is part of a busy thoroughfare for traffic accessing both schools.

Crossing guards are stationed at the intersection before and after school to help maintain mobility during peak hours.

“It’s a high-traffic area on school days,” Mello said in a phone interview. “It’s not as well traveled on non-school days.”

Mello said the intersection, which contains a stop sign for those turning from Evans Drive onto Hanover Street Extension, hasn’t been regarded as problematic by city officials.

Tyburski was turning left onto Evans Drive when the crash occurred, Mello said.

“Anecdotally, I can’t say that it’s been identified as a problem area,” Mello said. “I will say the vast majority of accidents are intersection-related.”

Neighboring property owner David Kroner said the area attracts lots of foot traffic, even during non-school hours.

Kroner, whose home is just northwest of the crash site, said the area is a popular foot traffic route even when the schools are closed.

Just south of the intersection, a bicycle and pedestrian bridge crosses Interstate 89 and provides a link with downtown Lebanon.

“A lot of people use (the area) to get to the bridge,” said Kroner, who lives on Hanover Street Extension with his wife, Constance. “A lot of people use it for circular walks and exercise.”

Streetlights are located near the intersection, but it is not extremely well lit, Kroner said.

“Visibility is poor when it’s dark,” he said.

City Councilor Erling Heistad, a member of Lebanon’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee whose mission is to make the city more walkable and bicycle-friendly, said the intersection hasn’t been targeted as problematic.

“It’s not somewhere that’s been an issue,” Heistad said. “It hasn’t been part of our discussions.”

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact Lebanon Police at 603-448-1212.

Jared Pendak can be reached at jpendak@vnews.com or 603-727-3216.