- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

NORWICH, Vt. (AP) - A Maine man has been charged in a crash that killed a Florida man on the side of Vermont’s Interstate 91.

Twenty-three-year-old Mason Morissette of Woodstock was charged Monday with grossly negligent operation of a vehicle resulting in death.

Police say he sideswiped a disabled tractor trailer with his logging truck in Norwich, killing 54-year-old David Stefanik of Shalimar, Florida.

Police say Stefanik had pulled into the breakdown lane with a flat tire, placed hazard markers behind the trailer and was standing behind it at the time.

Authorities say the trailer was visible from at least a quarter mile away, and a witness said Morissette had ample room to move into the passing lane. Morissette, who could not be reached for comment Tuesday, told police he never saw the hazard markers or Stefanik.

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This story has been corrected to replace the victim’s hometown with his last name in the fourth paragraph.


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