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
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.