CVU student returns home after car crash

By Rachel Gill
Observer correspondent

Simeon Dube, a 14-year-old Williston resident and Champlain Valley Union High School student, returned home on Tuesday from Fletcher Allen Health Care following a car accident last week.

“I want to thank all the Williston residents working in the ER,” said Dube’s mother, Priscilla Dube. “It was a huge comfort to know that the people helping were people that we know. All of the support they provided was terrific.”

Hinesburg Community Police are continuing their investigation into the one-car accident that occurred on Oct. 3.

Police responded to the crash at 8:18 a.m., after Dube’s sister, 16-year-old Carolyn Dube, lost control of her vehicle while rounding a curve on Pond Road in Hinesburg on the way to school. The car, a 2001 Volkswagen Beetle, went into a ditch, overturned, hit a rock and crashed into a tree before coming to a stop.

Simeon Dube was trapped in the car before being removed by witnesses. After being treated by the Hinesburg Fire Department, both teens were rushed to Fletcher Allen Health Care by Saint Michael’s College and Charlotte ambulances.

According to Fletcher Allen Health Care Patient Services, Simeon Dube was upgraded from critical to good condition prior to being released. Carolyn Dube was treated and released.

“Whenever incidents like this occur, CVU guidance services are activated to support students and make sure to contact the family to provide any support they may need.” said CVU Principal Sean McMannon. “We would like to send our thoughts to the family and hope for Simeon’s speedy recovery.”

Two members of the CVU staff happened to respond to the accident scene, including one administration member and a member of the maintenance staff.

Hinesburg Community Police Chief Chris Morrell said the stretch of road where the accident occurred is not known as a particularly dangerous area.

“We are still interviewing a fair number of witnesses to the accident to determine if citations will be issued,” Morrell said.