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GUILTY VT - Wrong-Way Crash Kills Five, Chittenden County, Williston, 8 Oct 2016 *Arrest*

Discussion in 'Trials' started by drjones, Oct 9, 2016.

  1. Madeleine74

    Madeleine74 Of course it's my opinion, who else's would it be?

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    This crash reminds me a lot of the one that is in trial right now in NC.

    Chandler Kania, 20 at the time of the crash in 2015 was extremely drunk, high, got into a verbal fight with a fellow fraternity brother and, despite several friends trying to physically stop him, he got in his jeep, ended up driving the wrong way on the Interstate at speeds in excess of 80mph, and crashed head on into a vehicle carrying 2 women and 2 young children. All but one child died. It's horrific.

    He of course suffered some broken bones but nothing serious.

    He's being tried for 2nd degree murder and is on trial. He plead guilty to felony homicide by vehicle right before the trial started. So the trial is essentially about "intent," which is what has to be determined to be convicted of 2nd degree murder.

    The trial is happening in Orange County, as the accident occurred near Chapel Hill, NC.
     
  2. tarheellvr

    tarheellvr Active Member

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    I've been watching this trial. You are so right Madeline, absolutely tragic! Kania had no regard for the people who lost their lives, to the point of continuous honking his horn and yelling obscenities at the accident scene. Just truly unbelievable! IMO, he IS guilty........
     
  3. JusticeWillBeServed

    JusticeWillBeServed Well-Known Member

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    A year later, accused killer awaits trial

    http://www.stowetoday.com/waterbury_record/news/local_news/a-year-later-accused-killer-awaits-trial/article_2457eed6-a9d6-11e7-a136-2b3f2905c953.html

    Gazebo dedicated to teens killed in wrong-way crash
     
  4. The Farm

    The Farm Well-Known Member

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    Thank You for posting this, I was just thinking of it the other day as I have a friend that lives in VT. very close to it all and she was talking about it.
    I asked why it has taken so long to get this guy to court and well the wheels of justice and she said there were so many witnesses with all the statements to get. I believe the article said over 100 witnesses. I say lets get it done.
    One year today and my thoughts are with all the family and friends.
     
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    How incredibly tragic.
     
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    JusticeWillBeServed Well-Known Member

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    Wrong-way driver trial may see delay

    https://www.timesargus.com/articles/wrong-way-driver-trial-may-see-delay/

     
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    JusticeWillBeServed Well-Known Member

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    http://www.wcax.com/content/news/Report-confirms-THC-in-driver-charged-with-I-89-wrong-way-fatal-crash-460523303.html

     
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    The Farm Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like Rep. Ben Joseph wants to use this to keep from legalizing pot in VT.
    What Bourgoin did had very little to do with smoking some pot. No where in the article did I see a court date, just awaiting trial.
    I check the VT. papers often and just did around the anniversary but saw nothing.
    So thank you for the update because I have not forgot about this.
     
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    Any person with a conscience would plead guilty, IMO.
     
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    JusticeWillBeServed Well-Known Member

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    Insanity defense for driver of car in crash that killed five teens

    Bourgoin to seek change of venue

     
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    JerseyGirl Staff Member Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    JerseyGirl Staff Member Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    Crash trial unlikely until November
     
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    Trial of Bourgoin, suspect in I-89 crash that killed 5 Vermonters, to stay in Burlington
     
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    Hatfield Well-Known Member

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    JMO
    Im not sure I agree with the judges reason. I understand they dont want to always move trials because it is probably costly but his reason dont make much sense.

    He says because its statewide coverage anyway so i guess he is implying that everyone would know about the case anyway so why move it. But then doesnt that mean he is admitting there is too much publicity to get a fair trial in the entire state?

    Or i guess he may be saying that with the place having the most potential jurors that there is more chance to find people that havent read or heard the news in the place with the most people.

    Its always a little confusing about the publicity a case gets and how to get an impartial jury.

    I guess the key is to get jurors that are willing to ignore what they heard before in the news and give a fair trial. No matter if they heard news or not.

    All I know is if I was the defendent I would want the case tried as far away from the area of the accident as possible. Emotions are bound to be higher near the accident. So to me that is a valid concern.

    I see both sides of this issue too though. Because if I was a family member of the victims then I would not want to be inconvenienced and be able to attend the trial. And a jury of ones peers would be considered to be peers from the area in which one lives I would think. So there are two sides to this issue. Its always a little confusing and complicated to me.
     
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  18. The Farm

    The Farm Well-Known Member

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    I would imagine the whole state was and is aware of this horrendous accident that took the five lives of such promising awesome kids. Steven Bourgoin deserves whatever he gets and I hope it is years in prison. He could also have killed more people once he got into that police cruiser.
    Thank You JerseyGirl for the update, I think about this accident often. I will keep looking come November.
     
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    Prosecutors and lawyers for Steven Bourgoin agreed Tuesday to begin jury selection for the trial in late April. A judge last summer denied the defense lawyer's attempt to move the trial out of Chittenden County over concerns of pretrial publicity.

    Trial for deadly I-89 wrong-way crash to get underway in April
     
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