5 high school students were killed by a wrong-way driver on I-89 in Williston, Vermont late on Saturday night, according to reports citing the police.
The high school students were identified as Eli Brookens, of Waterbury; Janie Cozzi, of Fayston; Liam Hale, of Fayston; Mary Harris, of Moretown; and Cyrus Zschau of Moretown. The teens were returning from a concert that evening.
Who is Steven Bourgoin?
Then after police arrived to the scene, 36-year-old Steven Bourgoin stole a police SUV and injured several more people after hitting seven vehicles. All of them are expected to survive.
Police responded to a call of a wrong-way driver on Interstate 89 just before midnight, according to a press release. The first officer on the scene, from the Williston Police Department, found a two-vehicle crash and a car engulfed in flames. He grabbed a fire extinguisher and pulled one girl from the burning car.
According to police, Steven Douglas Bourgoin entered the officer’s SUV as he tried to put out the fire. Bourgoin fled at a high rate of speed and was later taken into custody after several other crashes, police say. He was critically injured, but is expected to survive.
According to the Burlington Free Press:
The man who allegedly stole the cruiser was in critical condition as of 10:30 a.m. Sunday, a hospital spokesperson said. Henry said police have not yet been able to draw a nexus between the original wrong-way driver and the man in the cruiser. Police have not said whether they are looking for another suspect, but have deemed the identity of the pick-up truck driver “under investigation.”
According to WCAX, Bourgoin faced domestic violence charges stemming back to an incident in May and was set to go to trial next month.
According to his Linkedin profile, Bourgoin works as a warehouse associate at a chocolate company.