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Vermont man charged in 2011 Lebanon fatality

Union Leader Correspondent

June 29. 2012 12:06AM

HAVERHILL - A 52-year-old Newbury, Vt., man is facing a negligent homicide charge in connection with a February 2011 crash in Lebanon.

Police say a logging trailer came loose from Brewster Thurston's truck and crossed Route 4, striking a van and killing its driver, an Enfield man.

More than a year after the collision that claimed the life of Richard Rouleau, 59, a Grafton County Superior Court grand jury handed up an indictment against Thurston, of Route 5 in Newbury.

According to the indictment, Thurston failed to 'properly secure a log trailer to a 1996 Western star truck he was operating on Route 4.'

Rouleau was pronounced dead at the scene of the early morning crash.

George Ostler, of Norwich, Vt., became Thurston's defense attorney this week.

He declined Thursday to answer questions regarding the particulars of the state's case against Thurston

'I just have been retained. I haven't seen the police report yet. He was just indicted. I'm not familiar enough with the case to comment at this point,' Ostler said.

Rouleau was headed west on the highway, and was not far from his Enfield home when he encountered the runaway trailer.

Thurston was not injured.

Relatives of Rouleau could not be reached for comment.

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