Saturday, June 11, 2016

Accused driver cites phone in fatal crash

A Springfield man who hit two pedestrians with his car Thursday evening on River Street near the Ma and Pa’s apartments, killing one immediately, was in court Friday after he turned himself in at the Springfield police station 90 minutes later, explaining he had been distracted by his cellphone.

Police: Suspect in deadly crash distracted by cellphone
Police say the suspect in a deadly pedestrian crash in Springfield was distracted by a buzzing cellphone. 


CASE#: 16SF02864
CONTACT#: 802-885-2113
DATE/TIME: June 9, 2016 at 9:55 p.m.
LOCATION: River Street, Springfield, Vermont

VEHICLE #1 OPERATOR: James Ribeiro
AGE: 21

INJURIES Being withheld pending notification of families

HOSPITAL: Springfield Hospital


At above date/time, the Springfield Police Department responded to a report of a female down in the roadway.

Investigation revealed a motor vehicle had struck two pedestrians.

The female pedestrian sustained serious injuries and was transported to Springfield Hospital and then airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

The male pedestrian was pronounced deceased on the scene.

Anyone who witnessed or has information pertaining to this incident is asked to contact the Springfield Police Department at 802-885-2113.


  1. I will miss u terrible my little buddy.

  2. Wow, another "youth in transition" runs amuck. Are you seeing this oh benevolent Springfield Housing Authority?

    1. James is one of the finest young men I know.

      Seems like more pedestrians are wearing dark clothing at night. Pedestrians walking along a road in dark clothing at night are first seen approximately 55 ft. away giving the driver less than one second reaction time. Buy a reflective vest or jacket or at least where white.

    2. Regardless of clothing color the drivers need to be paying attention. If they were on the side of the road aka "break down lane" then they should be safe from cars unless the driver is distracted and not watching the road at which point no color clothing will save them. I understand your point but please don't try to make this the victims fault to protect the driver.

    3. Hit and run...certainly not the finest behavior...let's not be so quick to blame the victims so soon...I wonder what else caused the driver to flee and not render assistance besides his cellphone?

    4. I agree with the transition.
      At least the driver didn't have a criminal record a mile long.

    5. Just because someone has a criminal record doesn't mean they deserve to die! This kid will have one now, shall we add him to your hitlist?

  3. Blaming the victims? REALLY? Did you know what they were wearing? And does that actually justify running them over? The speed limit there is, I believe only around 30 mph. More than enough time to see two people and swerve to avoid them. Unless your speeding, or stoned, or drunk, or just plain stupid and careless!

    1. the victim who survived almost killed an entire family while driving under the influence of heroin...Karma is a B&tch!

    2. Those who believe legalizing drugs is realistic need only read about this incident. It's absolutely mind-boggling.

  4. None of you were there - all typical backwash spfld blogspot comments. It is sad the two people were hit, and it's sad this young man's mistake had such a tremendous consequence. On both sides of the spectrum this could happen to literally anyone. Sick of opening this blog and seeing the same lame snarky comments ad nauseum.

  5. I am not sure of the details or if there is a law about passing a car on the right, but in many states it is illegal. If a car is stopped to turn into the Black Rock for instance you should have to stop behind them.

  6. The speed limit is 25 at that location, the driver said he was doing 35.

  7. The speed limit is actually 35 in town I believe.

  8. I'm pretty sure he used to be a correctional officer for Windsor prison


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