Monday, March 31, 2014

UPDATE: Fatal Accident In Ascutney Sunday Night

March 31, 2014

By Eric Francis, Standard Correspondent

ASCUTNEY – Weathersfield Police and the Vermont State Police Accident Reconstruction Team are investigating a fatal accident in Ascutney Sunday night that left one person dead and sent another to the hospital.

The passenger in the car, Scotlynn Silfies, 19, of Claremont, New Hampshire was in cardiac arrest at the scene and was pronounced dead shortly after she was taken by ambulance to Valley Region Medical Center.

Seth Smith, 20, the driver, who officials described as Silfies’ “ex-boyfriend” was able to extricate himself from his wrecked Mazda and climb up to the side of Route 131 where he flagged down passing motorists for help. Smith was transported to the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for treatment of what were described as relatively minor back and neck injuries.

The accident happened shortly before 7:20 p.m. on a wooded stretch of Route 131 and resulted in the roadway being shut down for nearly four hours Sunday evening while the accident investigation was taking place.

Silfies was a recent graduate of Fall Mountain High School in Charlestown, N.H. and had taken nursing classes at a local community college late last year. Her father, Chris, and her grandfather, Frank Silfies, had both been members of the Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department in years past.

Members of the Windsor County State’s Attorney’s Office said Monday that the investigation into the crash was still active and added that it was too early to tell whether any criminal charges might be filed in connection with the fatal mishap.

Weathersfield Police are asking anyone who might have information regarding the crash to contact Patrolman Jen Hutchins at (802) 674-1082.

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