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Vehicle crashes into residential home

On Jan. 22, at approximately 6:47 p.m. Troopers from Vermont State Police responded to 203 Cedar Avenue, located in Rutland Town, for a report of a single vehicle traffic crash, in which the vehicle collided with a residential home.

Upon Troopers arrival they observed a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier situated on front lawn of the residence. The Chevrolet prior to the crash was traveling east on Cedar Avenue. The vehicle failed to negotiate a curve prior to reaching the residence, the vehicle subsequently left the south side of Cedar Avenue traveled approximately 110 feet across the homeowner's lawn and collided with the northwest corner of the home. The impact caused significant damage to the home's exterior walls, as well as articles within the home.
While on scene Troopers learned the male operator fled the area soon after the crash occurred.  Due to such Troopers requested the assistance of the Rutland County Sheriff's Department to assist with a K-9 track.  The K-9 track proved unsuccessful in locating the operator.

The cause of the crash is pending investigation; it is undetermined whether drugs or alcohol was a contributing factor.
Trooper were assisted at the scene by the Rutland Town Fire Department, Rutland County Sheriff's Department, Rutland City Police, and Pittsford Police Department.

On Jan. 23, Troopers from the Vermont State Police through investigation established Stephen C. Hopkins, as the operator prior to the crash, and the male who fled from the crash scene which occurred at 230 Cedar Avenue. Stephen was subsequently issued a citation to appear at the Vermont Superior Court, Rutland Criminal Division on March 4, 2013, to answer to charge of Leaving the Scene of an Accident.