PHOTOS: SUV T-boned in downtown WRJ
Neither driver seriously hurt in mid-afternoon mishap
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - A teenage driver with a junior operator's license was at fault in a T-bone collision that took place in the middle of the intersection of Routes 4, 5, and 14 just before 3 p.m. Friday afternoon, according to Hartford Police.
The local teen, whose name was not immediately released, was unhurt and police said they expected to issue him a ticket for failure to yield to oncoming traffic while turning left once they concluded their accident investigation.
Hartford Police Sgt. Jason Pedro and a Legendary Tow operator look at the impact point on the SUV's passenger side door
Randy Garrapy of Randolph, the driver of the car that police said the teen abruptly crossed in front of while attempting to turn up Schoolhouse Hill onto Hartford Avenue, sustained only bumps and bruises to his legs.
The shaken but largely unscathed Garrapy said that he was headed west and had just passed in front of the Coop on Maple Street when the collision suddenly occurred.
"I was heading to work from West Lebanon, driving straight, and a car just turns in front of me so quickly. I slammed on my brakes but there was just no way. It was just 'Boom!'," Garrapy recalled, adding, "I was a little angry at first but all-in-all everybody is okay. Thank God nobody was in the passenger seat of his car or it would have been worse."
Garrapy had only had his new 2017 Chevy Sonic for two weeks and he noted, "The safety on these turns out to be pretty good. I didn't even know they had an airbag under the steering wheel that goes off at your legs. I didn't even know they made those. I'm glad they do."
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