Deaths on the highway

Lamoille County had three fatal traffic accidents in the past year — one just after the calendar turned to 2018, and two in July.

Dexter C. Thurston

Dexter C. Thurston

• Dexter C. Thurston, 19, of Wolcott was killed in a two-car collision on Route 12 near Lake Elmore on the morning of Friday, July 20. The driver of the other car, Colby Costello, 26, of Wolcott, is accused of causing the accident. An 11-year-old boy in Thurston’s car escaped serious injury.

Police allege Costello was speeding when his car crossed into Thurston’s lane and slammed into his car. Thurston died at the scene; Costello was taken to Copley Hospital and treated for minor injuries.

According to police, Costello had opioids and anti-anxiety medicine in his blood. Many people have joined Thurston’s family in demanding tough sentences for impaired drivers.

• A couple from New Britain, Conn. died July 5 on Route 100 in Stowe when their Honda sedan pulled out of Randolph Road onto Route 100, right in front of a fully loaded log truck. Eugeniusz and Alfreda Adamczuyk, ages 72 and 63, died on impact. The trucker was Arnold Withers, 67, of Danville.

• Debbie Jewett, 61, of Morristown was killed Jan. 8 in a two-vehicle crash at Routes 15 and 104 in Cambridge. Jewett was a passenger in a Toyota Highlander on Route 15 that was struck by a tractor-trailer truck as it came off Route 104. The truck hit the passenger side of the Highlander, and Jewett died at the scene. The Toyota driver, Theresa Williamson, 43, of Johnson, was taken to UVM Medical Center with a broken leg. The truck driver, David Rosenhaus, 45, of South Glens Falls, N.Y., was unhurt.

— Andrew Martin

Don Post

In August 2018, the Lamoille community lost Don “Postie” Post, 70, a glider pilot and owner of Stowe Soaring, when a glider he was piloting crashed near the summit of Sterling Mountain in Morrisville. Also killed were passengers Frank Moroz III, 58, and Suzanne Moroz, 56, of Hamden, Conn.

Post and the couple headed out in the glider at 11:30 that morning on one of the operation’s popular soaring tours, but when they hadn’t returned after six hours, people at the airport became alarmed.

Don Post and his glider

Don Post stands in front of his glider at the Morrisville-Stowe State Airport.

The glider wreckage was spotted by Civil Air Patrol crews. State crews and rescue teams from Stowe, Morrisville and Waterbury responded to the crash, and Stowe Mountain Rescue crews stayed out overnight trying to reach the remains of the glider, which was extricated by helicopter.

Post was known for his years of service on the Stowe School Board, for his expert and enthusiastic coaching of Stowe Youth Hockey teams, for his commitment to Stowe Soaring and the Morrisville-Stowe State Airport, which the business used as a base, and for his keen, passionate love of flying, from hang-gliding to piloting gliders.

Post was remembered in a funeral at Stowe Community Church so well-attended that groups were standing outside, listening to memories of Post through speakers. Those memories showed Post lived a joyous, sparkling life, during which he was devoted to his family, wife Linda and children Tyler, Alexi and Graham.

— Caleigh Cross

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