Man killed in one-car accident


Readers: This story was updated at 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17 to include Thomas Deyo's sister among his surviving family members.

DORSET — A one-car accident late last week on Morse Hill Road took the life of a business owner with longstanding ties to the Northshire.

Thomas Deyo, 50, died on Friday, Aug. 10, following a one-car accident on Morse Hill Road in Dorset.

According to Vermont State Police, a car driven by Deyo was traveling east on Morse Hill Road when it failed to negotiate a turn, left the road, struck several trees and became airborne.

The car struck several more trees before coming to rest on its roof, state police said.

Deyo's late parents, Gerald and Jean Deyo, were Manchester residents, as his father owned the Manchester Mobile Home Park. His brother, Jim Deyo, works at Ed Clark Landscaping in Manchester and lives in Dorset.

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According to his obituary, Thomas Deyo was born in Indiana, was educated at Aquinas High School in La Crosse, Wis., and at the University of Wisconsin, and worked in a number of industrial and retail businesses.

His attorney, Kevin M. O'Toole of Dorset, said Deyo gave the laundromat "a new injection of life" when he purchased it in 2014, adding new machines.

"He had really revitalized the place. He was looking to move here permanently," O'Toole said. "He was very jovial and very upbeat. He was very easy to work with."

Deyo leaves three sons, two brothers and a sister.

All are invited to a celebration of his life on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the home of Wayne Bell, at 455 Highland Ave., Manchester.

Bennington County Sheriff's Department deputies and first responders from Northshire Rescue and the Dorset and East Dorset fire departments responded to the accident.

The crash is under investigation. Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact Trooper Thomas Sandberg at 802-442-5421.


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