Driver charged following deadly crash in Salisbury

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SALISBURY — Police continue to investigate a fatal two-vehicle crash that occurred in Salisbury on Saturday.

The crash took place at the intersection of U.S. Route 7 and West Salisbury Road at around 1:13 p.m.

According to police, witnesses stated that Brian Davidson, 37, of New Haven, was headed east at a speed described as being well over the posted speed limit when he failed to stop at the posted stop sign, at which point he entered US Route 7.

At the same time, Center Merrill, 77, of Londonderry, was headed north.

Davidson hit the front end of Merrill’s vehicle.

Police say both vehicles spun and made contact a second time.

Davidson left the road off the northbound shoulder, and Merrill’s vehicle came to rest on the passenger side also off the northbound shoulder.

Shortly after coming to rest, Merrill’s vehicle became fully engulfed in flames.

When police arrived, Davidson was located outside his vehicle with multiple non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Porter Medical Center in Middlebury.

Merrill and Joan Dayton, 72, also of Londonderry, who was a passenger in Merrill’s vehicle, were both transported to Porter Medical Center.

Dayton succumbed to her injuries at the hospital.

Yesterday, police located Davidson at the hospital where he is currently still a patient.

He was issued a criminal citation to appear in court to answer the charge of the grossly negligent operation with death resulting.

As part of the investigation, police say they conducted a search warrant of Davidson’s vehicle which yielded several bags of suspected heroin and drug paraphernalia.

Police are still investigating this crash.

Anyone who may have witnessed this motor vehicle crash is being encouraged to contact Trooper Hein at the New Haven State Police barracks at 802-388-4919.

Police say additional criminal charges may be forthcoming as the investigation progresses.