Motorcycle Accident Deaths
Two dead in separate motorcycle accidents
By: Peter Hirschfield
"Separate motorcycle accidents claimed the lives
of two Vermonters Tuesday evening, adding to the
state's increasing toll of motorcycle deaths.
Pamela Larue, 49, of Lyndonville, died from
injuries she suffered when she collided with a
Ford F250 pickup truck driven by 29-year-old
Philip Rindelhardt, also of Lyndonville. Police
said that shortly after 4:30 p.m., Rindelhardt
swerved into the path of Larue's Kawasaki LTD
550 Motorcycle to avoid hitting a vehicle in
front of him on Memorial Drive near the South
Wheelock Road junction in Lyndonville.
Larue was transported to Northeastern Vermont
Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury and then
taken by helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
Larue was wearing a helmet, police said.
Three and a half hours later, a Randolph man
lost control of his 2004 Yamaha Warrior while
rounding a curve on Route 12A in Braintree.
Ronald Dessaint, 34, had passed several vehicles
before losing control and striking a guardrail
on the west side of the road, according to
witnesses. A White River Valley Ambulance
crewman pronounced Dessaint dead shortly after
10 p.m. Dessaint also was wearing a helmet.
Motorcycle deaths have spiked in Vermont over
the past three years, according to state traffic
statistics. In 2003, three motorcyclists died in
accidents on Vermont roadways. In 2004, the
number jumped to 11, and last year 14 riders
were killed. That increase in deaths came
despite a modest drop in the number of
motorcycles regis-tered with the Department of
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