Motorcyclist From Adams Dies From Injuries After Fatal Collision In Vermont
In A Press release from the Vermont State Police said an Adams man suffered fatal injuries Saturday near the state line in Pownal when his motorcycle collided with an all-terrain vehicle that was attempting to cross Route 7.
Vermont State Police Trooper Colin Shepley reported that Todd L. Rhinemiller, 48, was riding a 2021 Harley-Davidson motorcycle south near the intersection with South Mason Hill Road around 7:05 p.m., when he collided with a 2020 Honda UTV Talon, driven by Kyle D. Thayer, 36, of Clarksburg.
Troopers from the Vermont State Police Shaftsbury Barracks were dispatched to a motorcycle versus UTV crash on US Route 7 in the Town of Pownal. State Police Dispatch advised that one operator had been ejected from a vehicle.
An Investigation revealed that operator #1 (Thayer) was operating a UTV southbound in the southbound breakdown lane of US Route 7. Thayer attempted to make a left turn onto Mason Hill Road South by crossing U.S. Route 7. When he entered the southbound travel lane, he was struck in the driver's side door of his UTV by operator #2 (Rhinemiller), who was operating southbound on US Route 7. Both vehicles continued off the east side of the roadway where Rhinemiller was ejected over a guardrail.
Thayer may be looking at more charges. During the investigation, Thayer displayed signs of alcohol impairment. He was subsequently screened for driving under the influence and criminal charges are pending the results of a blood test.
Operator #2 (Rhinemiller) was transported from the scene and flown to Albany Medical Center in New York, where he succumbed to injuries. Operator #1 (Thayer) was transported to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center before ultimately being flown to Albany Medical Center.