Crash victims identified

Although authorities are not yet sure why the victims were traveling to Rutland, Vt. from Brooklyn, NY officials now say they know the names of the occupants from the fiery crash that claimed three lives Nov. 14.

All of the victims were from Brooklyn, police said.

The lone survivor has been identified as 18-year-old Jasmina Ruiz of Brooklyn. Officials said she remains hospitalized in stable condition.

Ruiz remains at Fletcher Allen Medical Center as the result of a head wound sustained in the crash.

The man removed from the crash by truck drivers who stopped to help, died en route to the hospital, police said.

He has been identified as 25-year-old Saquan Coe.

Fair Haven Police Chief William Humphries said Coe was coherent and able to converse with rescuers shortly after the crash, but expired on the way to Rutland Regional Medical Center, possibly from internal injuries.

The driver of the car, 45-year-old Teranguia T. Berton and driver’s side rear passenger Darryl S. Smith, 24, died in the car at the scene.

Rescuers were unable to free the two men from the wreckage when flames overwhelmed their attempts.

The 12:30 a.m. crash resulted when the rental car left the road just after crossing the state border from Whitehall heading into Fair Haven, Vt.

The car approximately one quarter mile before leaving the road, traveling about 300 feet along the grass median area before impacting the abutment of a railroad bridge.

Police said no skids marks or signs the vehicle was trying to avoid the bridge were found at the scene.

The impact caused the vehicle to catch fire which quickly spread and engulfed the entire car. 

The crash remains under investigation, police said. 

 

 

 

 

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