Cushman facing charges for fatal Norwich rollover after tests show marijuana was allegedly in his bloodstream


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Eric Francis

NORWICH- Criminal charges have now been filed in connection with the fatal accident that took place in September on Interstate 91 in Norwich.

    The Vermont State Police Crash Reconstruction Team announced Monday that toxicology tests carried out on a blood sample drawn from driver Keith Cushman of Lebanon tested positive for marijuana.

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    Cushman, 34, has been cited to answer charges of grossly negligent and careless operation of a vehicle with death and serious bodily injury resulting at an arraignment that is scheduled to take place at the courthouse in White River Junction on February 19th.

    Cushman was just in court last month on a unrelated case where he pleaded innocent to misdemeanor charges of leaving the scene of an accident where property damage occurred and to careless and negligent operation of a vehicle.

    Those charges stemmed from an incident that took place at 4 a.m. on October 1st where a witness told police she saw a pickup truck drive off after striking a stop sign at the intersection of Maple Street and Cascadnac Avenue in White River Junction.  A short time later, Cushman drove back to the scene and admitted to having hit the sign, police said.

Cushman was in court on a new motor vehicle charge in November

    The fatal crash in Norwich occurred at 4:30 a.m. on September 3rd and claimed the life of 37-year-old Hartford resident Theodore Haley.  Another passenger in Cushman’s pickup truck, Michelle Hayward, 37, of Hartford, suffered injuries to her head and neck while Cushman sustained only minor cuts and scrapes.  

    State police said that conditions were clear and dry when Cushman’s pickup travelled out of the southbound lane into the median where it struck rock ledges and then rolled over, ejecting Haley from the cab before the truck landed on top of him and pinned him underneath the wreckage.

    Haley had not been wearing his seatbelt at the time and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Crash victim Theodore Haley of Hartford with his daughter

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