Update On Double Fatal in Newport Center, Fatal Crash in Morgan

Staff Writer

Three people died in two separate crashes in the Northeast Kingdom Wednesday morning.
According to Sergeant Debra Munson of the Vermont State Police, officers responded a two vehicle crash on Route 100 by Tetreault in Newport Center just before 6 a.m. Newport Ambulance Service and the Newport Center Fire Department also responded to the scene as it was reported one vehicle was fully engulfed. Upon arrival, a 2015 Ford Edge operated by James Robitaille, 33, of Montgomery was fully engulfed.
“The Fire department worked quickly and diligently to douse the flames,” stated Munson.”Further investigation revealed the operator and sole occupant of the vehicle was deceased.”
The second vehicle, operated by Rex Starr, 68, of Lowell was on its roof. He also died.
While this crash remains under investigation, it appears as though Robitallie was traveling south bound and began to pass another vehicle also in the south bound lane when he collided with an oncoming vehicle.
State police said speed appears to be a factor in this crash. The Newport City Police Department also assisted on the scene.
During the initial investigation the state police received a report of a second crash on Route 111 in Morgan. Reports indicated it was a single vehicle crash by Barter Road and the operator, Daniel Frascoia, 27, of Newport was deceased.
Upon arrival, it was confirmed the crash involved a single vehicle and the vehicle, a 2015 Mitsubishi, was located off of the west bound travel lane. The sole occupant was located in the driver’s seat, unbelted, and pronounced deceased.
Based on evidence at the scene, the crash likely occurred around 5 a.m. State police said appears speed was also a factor in this crash.