- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

BOLTON, Vt. (AP) - Police have identified a Vermont man who was killed after the car he was driving hit a moose before striking a telephone pole.

Vermont State Police say 22-year-old Brandon Preedom, of Waterbury, was killed in the Route 2 crash late Tuesday night in Bolton.

Investigators say Preedom veered off the road after striking the roughly 800-pound animal, and hit a telephone pole. State records show that Preedom became the 19th person to die in the state after a moose crash in the past 20 years.

Police say 17-year-old Kourtney Cota, of Starksboro, was also in the car. She suffered a head injury but is expected to live.

State officials tell WPTZ-TV that males are particularly active now as this week is the peak of the moose mating season.

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