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Wrong-way driver kills five teens; currently facing domestic assault charge

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WILLISTON, VT. (AP) – The man who Vermont State Police say caused an accident that killed five teenagers is facing a domestic assault charge that occurred before the accident.

State police say 36-year-old Steven Bourgoin was behind the wheel of a pickup truck traveling the wrong way on an interstate in Williston Saturday night when he crashed into the students’ car, which caught fire. Authorities say Bourgoin then stole a police cruiser and crashed into seven more cars. He was thrown from the vehicle, which went up in flames. He was taken to UVM Medical Center, where he’s listed in critical condition. 

The five high school students died at the scene of the crash. Janie Cozzi,15, of Fayston, Vermont was a student at Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, New Hampshire. Mary Harris,16, Cryrus Zschau,16, Liam Hale,16, and Eli Brookens,16, all attended Harwood Union High School in Moretown, Vermont.

A vigil will be held for all the students Monday evening at Harwood Union High School in Moretown.

According to a police affidavit, in May, Bourgoin hit his girlfriend in the head, and threatened to throw her down the stairs. Police say when she tried to leave with their 2-year-old child, Bourgoin got into the vehicle, drove them around and threatened to kill them. The woman told police a similar incident happened two years ago when the couple lived in Massachusetts. 

A public defender representing Bourgoin did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Bourgoin was facing a status conference on a possible jury draw for the domestic assault charge on Nov. 4, with a possible jury draw beginning Nov. 7.

WCAX-TV was the first to report Bourgoin’s domestic assault charge.

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