- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

HINESBURG, Vt. (AP) - A collision in the Vermont town of Hinesburg in which a 17-year-old driver and a bicyclist were killed has residents grieving and placing blame.

Police Chief Frank Koss defended his views on the crash at a town forum Thursday. He had written a newspaper column saying the driver, Joseph Marshall, would have been charged with second-degree murder had he lived.

Marshall and 47-year-old Richard Tom died in April. Police said both were traveling south on Route 116 when Marshall lost control of the car, then went onto the shoulder, striking Tom. Both went down an embankment; the car struck a tree and Marshall was ejected. Police believe he was driving at least 83 mph.

Marshall’s mother said Koss is targeting her son by not highlighting other fatal bike accidents.

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