Newbury man charged in crash that injured passengers | Local News
A Newbury man faces multiple charges after crashing a vehicle that seriously injured passengers in his truck.
Police charged Jake StMartin, 29, of Newbury, with grievous bodily harm resulting from DUI, gross negligence operation and leaving the scene of an accident – serious injuries resulting from an incident at 12:48 p.m. on Sunday morning May 16 at Fairlee. . Police said more charges were expected.
A soldier was patrolling in a fully marked cruiser north on the Maurice Roberts Memorial Highway when a truck traveling in the opposite direction entered the soldier’s lane and nearly crashed into the cruiser. The soldier attempted to stop the traffic, but the truck fled at high speed. The soldier eventually located the vehicle on Lake Morey Road where it crashed. The soldier got out of his vehicle and saw StMartin flee into a wooded area. The soldier was finally able to take StMartin into custody and provide medical assistance to the passengers.
Police believe StMartin was unable to navigate a corner, which forced him off the roadway and hit several trees. The vehicle came to a stop uncontrollably after re-entering the road and colliding with a parked vehicle. There were three passengers in StMartin’s vehicle. One, Dexter Gaiser, 35, of Bradford, was uninjured; another, Gabrielle Lamotte, 25, of Hartford, suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported by DHART (Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team) to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for treatment. He was listed in critical condition. The third passenger, Casey Sylvester, 29, of Bradford, was seriously injured and is currently in stable condition.
The soldiers were assisted at the scene by members of the Fairlee, Thetford and Bradford fire departments, as well as Upper Valley Ambulance and DHART.
StMartin was placed on $ 5,000 bond at the Northeast Regional Correctional Complex. He was subpoenaed on May 17 in Orange County court.