Shelburne man, 91, killed in head-on car crash in Jericho

A Shelburne man was killed in a head-on collision in Jericho, after his car crossed the centerline.

The accident happened just before 2pm on Saturday, Vermont State Police said.

According to police, Charles Varmette, 91, of Shelburne was driving his 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis west along Route 15 near Brown’s Trace Road when he crossed into the oncoming lane and struck an eastbound 2008 Toyota Highlander driven by Helen Lugano, 62, of Charlotte.

The Grand Marquis also struck a vehicle traveling in front of it. David Burnor, 57, of Johnson, was in front of Varmette, headed in the same direction in his 2011 Subaru Outback when it also was hit, police explained.

Varmette was pronounced dead at the scene; the road was closed to traffic for three hours while scene was cleared. Police are still investigating the crash.

All drivers and passengers in the three vehicles were wearing seat belts, police say.

Lugano was taken to the University of Vermont Medical Center with a non-life-threatening leg injury and minor scrapes. Her Highlander and the Grand Marquis were both demolished, according to the police report.

Burnor’s Outback received minor driver’s side damage, but neither he nor his passenger, Wendell Burnor, reported any injuries, police said.

Troopers were assisted by emergency crews from the Underhill-Jericho Fire Department and Essex Rescue.

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