B y Bill Toscano
Don Sady doesn’t hesitate to say he’s “very lucky to be alive” after a deadly two-car collision during a snowstorm Feb. 1 on U.S. Route 4 in Mendon, Vt.
“I’m doing well. I am back to work, but I still have to be shuttled back and forth,” said Sady, who suffered a concussion and an injured hand, which required 39 stitches. The accident claimed the life of the other driver and destroyed both vehicles.
Sady, who is Hampton’s town supervisor, works for Farrell Distributing and was on his way to Killington for work at the time of the 12:53 p.m. crash.
Vermont State Police said the other driver, Patrick Halloran, 35, of Minneapolis, lost control of his 2002 Dodge van and collided with Sady’s 2010 Toyota RAV 4. Halloran’s vehicle burst into flames, and he died at the scene.
Sady was wearing his seatbelt and his airbag deployed properly, but he was hit in the head with his windshield. Still, he said he feels his SUV saved his life.
“I would recommend the RAV 4 to anyone,” he said. “It held together and kept me alive.”
He spent several days at Rutland Regional Medical Center, but returned home quickly and was able to attend both the town board meeting and the Washington County Board of Supervisors meeting last week.
“Knock on wood, in 25 years of work, I had never had a crash before,” he said. “But you never know.”Whitehall Police have charged a South Williams Street man with third-degree criminal mischief following a domestic dispute.
Kenneth R. Rich, 39, is accused of causing more than $1,500 damage at a residence.
He was arraigned in Whitehall Village Court and released to appear at a later date.
The judge also issued a no-contact order of protection in the incident.