Driver in fatal Westminster crash was not impaired
Investigation revealed that Mr. Kissell suffered from an unknown illness
WESTMINSTER, Vt. — On Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m., Vermont State Police received a report of a single motor vehicle crash into a tree on Westminster Heights Road in the town of Westminster (Windham County) Vermont. Police suspected the driver, David Kissell, 58, of Westminster was impaired and ordered collection of evidence for testing.
Kissell was in stable condition at Springfield Hospital but on Dec. 19, 2018 at approximately 9 a.m., Vermont State Police received information that Kissell had succumbed to the injuries he sustained in the crash and died.
Vermont State Police reached out to the Risk Management Department at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and they confirmed that Kissell died on Dec. 17, 2018.
On Jan. 2 at 2 p.m., Vermont State Police spoke with the New Hampshire Medical Examiner’s Office about Kissell.
According to the New Hampshire Medical Examiner’s Office, Kissell died as a result of blunt force trauma to his abdomen, which he sustained during the crash. Vermont State Police were also told that no autopsy was conducted on Mr. Kissell.
Vermont State Police also received Kissell’s evidentiary blood analysis back from the Vermont Forensic Laboratory. The results indicated that Kissell was not impaired at the time of the crash. Further investigation revealed that Mr. Kissell had been suffering with an unknown illness, which may have caused him to lose consciousness while driving resulting in the fatal crash.