Affadavit: Suspect in fatal crash sought medical help


BURLINGTON >> The man police say is responsible for a wrong-way driving crash on I-89 that killed five teens over the weekend had sought medical help less than 24 hours earlier, court documents show.

Prosecutors have filed charges against Steven Bourgoin, 36, alleging that he was driving a northbound Toyota Tacoma that collided with the teens' car as they drove south.

The charges also allege that Bourgoin then stole a Williston cruiser that was part of the police response. He eventually drove the cruiser the wrong way through the original crash scene, striking numerous vehicles and injuring a handful of people, according to an affidavit supporting the charges.

The five teens all died as a result of the initial crash. The central Vermont high schoolers were mourned at a vigil Monday night.

Bourgoin is the primary suspect in a homicide investigation resulting from the crash, but Chittenden County State's Attorney TJ Donovan has yet to file homicide charges. Donovan said at a Monday news conference that the homicide investigation continues and his office wants to do a thorough job.

The charges filed Monday against Bourgoin are misdemeanor gross negligence and felony operation of a motor vehicle without the owner's consent. A warrant for Bourgoin's arrest was issued Monday and bail set at $1 million.


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