Vermont Shelly Stevenson charged with DUI in head-on crash that killed Eileen O’Brien
JOHNSON, VERMONT — According to Lamoille County Sheriff’s Cpl. Nathan Wolfe, a crash on Nov. 8, 2017 at 6:41 pm took place on Vermont Rt. 15 in the area of Nadeau’s Gravel Pit near the Town of Johnson, Vermont and resulted in the death of a passenger and the arrest of the driver on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and or drugs.
The Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department reported that one person died in the head-on crash. Police say that Shelley Stevenson, 27, of Craftsbury was traveling east when she crossed the center line colliding with the westbound vehicle of 59-year-old Eileen O’Brien of Johnson, who was trapped in the wreckage. The Vermont State Police Crash Reconstruction Team and a Drug Recognition Expert were requested by the Sheriff to assist in the investigation.
The Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Morristown Police Department, Vermont State Police, Johnson Fire Department, Hyde Park Fire Department and Northern EMS.
Emergency personnel worked to extricate O’Brien from her vehicle, but she died at the scene.
O’Brien had sustained severe internal injuries and a compound fracture of the femur.
Stevenson was transported to Copley Hospital for evaluation of minor facial injuries and a broken ankle.
After her release, she was arrested on suspicion of DUI. According to police, Stevenson’s blood alcohol content was 0.054 at the time of the crash — below the legal limit — but after performing a roadside sobriety test, they called in a drug recognition officer and applied for a search warrant for a blood test.
The warrant was granted, but it could take weeks before the police get a toxicology report back, Marcoux said.
“We suspect that there were drugs involved,” said Lamoille County Sheriff Roger Marcoux.
Stevenson was arraigned in St. Johnsbury on Thursday on a felony charge of gross negligence with death resulting. MORE
Stevenson was charged with assault in 2015, according to a report in StoweToday.com.
“A man and woman are charged with assaulting a man in Worcester in an argument over drug money.
“Caleb Martin, 27, of Morrisville is charged with punching and choking the man; Shelley Stevenson, 25, of Hyde Park, is charged with smashing a glass bottle over his head. They’re charged with aggravated assault and disorderly conduct.
“Vermont State Police were called to the dispute in Worcester just after midnight on June 7.
“The injured man was taken to Copley Hospital for treatment; Martin and Stevenson were arrested and held for lack of $5,000 bail at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility. They were arraigned Monday in Washington County Superior Court.
From StoweToday on Oct. 26, 2017:
Oct. 22 at 1:58 p.m., Michael Mallen, 39, of Stowe, was cited for leaving the scene of an accident and criminally driving after license suspension and Shelley Stevenson, 27, of Craftsbury was cited for providing false information to a police officer after a crash on Route 100 in Hyde Park. The crash is under investigation.