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Follow up press release - Multiple motor vehicle collisions

Capt. Carignan

Additional information is released regarding the Putney Road collision of 9/21/15.

John E. Quay, 74, of Putney VT was driving a 1992 Toyota pickup north on Putney Road near the intersection of Chickering Dr. Jonah L. Koch, 17, or Guilford VT was driving a 1997 Chevrolet Camaro and was stopped at the stop sign where Chickering Dr meets Putney Road. Koch pulled out into traffic without yeilding to Quay and the two vehicles collided, causing minor damage but no injuries. Koch was issued a ticket for failing to yield entering traffic.

Both vehicles pulled over to the right (east) side of the road after the collision, first Koch and then Quay about 100 yards ahead of him. Quay then put his vehicle in reverse and drove backward on the wrong side of the road, driving south in reverse in the northbound lanes.

At the same time, Steven J. Baraby of Hinsdale NH was driving his 2000 Honda motorcycle south on Putney Road. Baraby attempted to turn left (east) into a business located on Putney Road. As he did this, Quay, still traveling backward in the wrong direction and wrong lane, struck his motorcycle. This collision caused minor damage to the truck and extensive damage to the motorcycle. Baraby was injured and transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital by rescue with non-life threatening injuries.

The investigation into the first collision is complete. The investigation into the second collision is ongoing. The collision was caused by Quay and appropriate enforcement action will be taken at the conclusion of the investigation.