Medical Examiner: Randolph Man Died Due to Blunt Trauma in Swimming Hole Accident

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Randolph — The state medical examiner has confirmed that the death of a Randolph man who dove into shallow water in July was accidental, identifying the cause as blunt impact to his spine.

Zachary Allard, 28, had been married six days before the July 20 incident at a swimming hole next to a culvert that allows Adams Brook to run beneath Route 66 in Randolph. 

Vermont State Police, who investigated the incident, announced the medical examiner’s findings in a news release this morning. 

Zachary Allard’s wife, Angela Allard, previously told the Valley News that her husband had just finished mowing the lawn when he decided to take his two stepdaughters swimming.

After he dove from a rocky outcrop into what police said was “extremely shallow” water, family members pulled him from the water and tried to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene by first responders. 

At the time, Vermont State Police Detective Sgt. Eric Albright said he presumed that a lack of rain had led to lower-than-normal water levels.