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Suspected driver of second vehicle identified in fatal I-91 crash


Staff Report
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

WEATHERSFIELD — Police say the motorist who hit a 22-year-old South Royalton School graduate on Interstate 91 in Weathersfield after he was ejected from his vehicle early Sunday morning has come forward.

Patricia Whitcomb, 65, of Charlestown, went to the Vermont State Police barracks in Westminster on Monday and said “she believed” she may have hit Keanan Thompson, who lost control of his Jeep Wrangler and crashed, causing him to be thrown from the vehicle and land in the roadway, according to a news release from state police.

Whitcomb didn’t stop; Thompson died on scene.

Police confirmed that Whitcomb’s car, a gray 2004 Honda Civic with New Hampshire registration, which had front-end and undercarriage damage, was the vehicle involved, according to the release.

“The matter remains under investigation, and troopers are consulting with the Windsor County State’s Attorney’s Office regarding any possible charges that may arise from the incident,” police said in the release.

A question that remains is whether Thompson, a senior cadet at Norwich University, died from injuries he sustained from being ejected or from being run over.

Windsor County State’s Attorney David Cahill said Wednesday that the Vermont State Police investigation materials were en route to his office for him to review.

Police are asking anyone with information about the crash to call them at 802-722-4600.