- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

HINESBURG, Vt. (AP) - Police say a 17-year-old driver was under the influence of marijuana when he died after hitting and killing a 47-year-old bicyclist in northwestern Vermont in April.

Hinesburg Police Chief Frank Koss said Joseph Marshall was under the influence of the drug when he lost control of the car, went onto the shoulder, and hit Richard Tom on Route 116. Both went down an embankment and Marshall was ejected when the car struck a tree.

Koss says Marshall would have been more than seven times the legal limit for driving under the influence in the two states where marijuana is legal.

Police have said they believe he was driving at least 83 mph.

Koss previously wrote a newspaper column saying Marshall would have been charged with second-degree murder had he lived.

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