by Jordan Cuddemi
Valley News Staff Writer
Valley News, Tuesday, May 12, 2015
A 23-year-old Charlestown woman who collided with a motorcyclist on Route 5 in Weathesfield over the weekend was charged with grossly negligent operation of a motor vehicle on Monday.
Carly Larmie will answer to the felony charge in Windsor Superior Court on June 30, according to a Vermont State Police news release issued Monday.
Francis Rogenski, 62, of Westminster, VT, was airlifted to Dartmough-Hitchcock Medical Center with severe leg and internal injuries following Sunday afternoon's crash. Rogenski was listed in fair condition on Monday afternoon, according to a spokesman at DHMC.
According to the news release, Larmie told police that she noticed a problem with the front wheels of her vehicle while driving south on Route 5 in Weathersfield.
In an attempt to alert someone about the problem, Larmie waved to her friend who was in the vehicle in front of her.
While trying to signal her friend, Larmie crossed the center line and collided with Rogenski's north-bound-traveling Harley-Davidson.
Vermont State Police Trooper Paul Dean said there were multiple elements that led police to file the charge against Larmie, including her speed. Dean added that Larmie knew she had a problem with her wheels, but neglected to pull over, causing "serious bodily injury to the operator of the motorcycle."
Rogenski's motorcycle struck the passenger side of Larmie's car in the accident.
Following the accident, Larmie was issued traffic tickets for operating a vehicle with defective equipment and for failing to drive to the right side of the road.
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