Via Burlington Free Press in Vermont:
On Thursday, September 27th, a Rutland High School student was killed by a driver under the influence of inhalants. As she climbed into her father’s vehicle after leaving work for the day, the young girl was crushed in between the two cars. The impact left her with multiple serious injuries ultimately leading to her death. Her father was also injured, as well as the two passengers in the offender’s vehicle. Police report finding alcohol and two aerosol cans in the bushes near by the crash, determined to have come from the driver of the speeding car.
The driver is facing one count of manslaughter, and “three counts of grossly negligent operation of a motor vehicle with serious bodily injury.” The arraignment will take place on Friday, September 28th.
There has been an outpouring of support from the Rutland High School community, from school administrators, parents, and students alike. The day after the crash the students communicated to one another to wear white the next day out of respect for their classmate, in addition to a candle light vigil to be held the same night. School psychologists and teachers have also been asked to assist students with their grief.