Whitehall woman charged in fatal accident

A Whitehall woman who triggered a three car crash that resulted in the death of a Vermont man on Memorial Day weekend has been charged with vehicular homicide and manslaughter after blood tests revealed she was intoxicated at the time of the crash.

Mary Baptie, 44, of Carlton Rd. in Whitehall was charged Friday morning with felony charges of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, Vehicular Manslaughter in the 2nd degree, and driving while intoxicated.

Blood tests taken after the crash revealed Baptie’s BAC to be .16%, nearly twice the legal limit.

Police said Baptie was traveling in the southward bound lane of Golf Course Road when she failed to stop at the intersection of State Route 4 and proceeded into the westbound lane of Route 4 in front of a truck driven by Troy Hull of West Rutland.

In an effort to avoid hitting the vehicle driven by Baptie, Hull veered into the eastbound lane striking another vehicle head on.

The driver of the other vehicle, Richard Stack, 64, of Rutland was killed and his wife, Jacqueline Stack, 64, sustained serious physical injuries.

Jacqueline was taken to Rutland Regional Medical Center where she was treated for multiple broken bones and later underwent surgery.

She continues to recover from those injuries.

Hull and his 14 year old son were treated at the scene for chest, neck and leg pain.

Baptie was also charged with failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to yield at a stop sign and reckless driving.

Although she did not strike either vehicle, she can be charged because her actions caused the crash.

The most serious of those charges, aggravated vehicular manslaughter, is punishable by up to 8 to 25 years in prison.

She was arraigned at the Town of Fort Edward Court and remanded to the Washington County Jail for lack of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 cash bond.

The case is being reviewed by the District Attorney’s Office and Baptie may face additional charges.

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