WEYBRIDGE — On April 14, at approximately 5:30 p.m., the New Haven State Police barracks received a call regarding a motor vehicle crash involving a bicycle on Hamilton Road in the Town of Weybridge, Vt. When police arrived on scene they confirmed that driver Nathan Dearing, age 27 from Whiting, Vt., had struck a bicyclist who was transported to the Porter Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.
The victim was later identified as Kelly Boe, age 55 Middlebury resident and manager of Middlebury College’s central heating plant. He had been out on a bike ride with his wife, Kathleen.
Dearing was arrested for driving with a criminally suspended license and driving under the influence with death resulting. The Preliminary Breath Test results showed that Dearing’s blood alcohol was 0.111 percent. Dearing was cited to appear in Addison County Superior Court on Wednesday, April 15, and was lodged at the Chittenden County Correctional Center for lack of $75,000 bail.
Dearing pleaded innocent Wednesday to a felony count of driving under the influence with death resulting, and a misdemeanor count of driving with a suspended license for the fifth time, in connection with the incident.
Dearing faces up to 17 years in prison on the criminal charges and additional time on a separate violation of parole offense.
Authorities allege that Dearing was drunk when he drove a red 1997 Subaru Impreza across the center line of Hamilton Road in Weybridge and struck Boe, who could not be revived at the scene, according to VSP Trooper Jake Bloom, who investigated the accident.
State police said Dearing admitted to drinking one 24-ounce Bud Ice can at approximately 4:45 p.m. on the evening of the accident.