Police identify driver of fatal crashSeptember 27,2012By Brent Curtis
Rutland Police identified the driver involved in a fatal crash that killed a Rutland High School student Wednesday night as 23-year-old Alex Spanos.
Spanos, who remained hospitalized Thursday at Rutland Regional Medical Center with injuries that are not life threatening, is the focus of a criminal investigation being conducted by city police.
No charges have been brought yet against Spanos, who witnesses say drove a 2004 Toyota Camry into a row of parked cars outside the Rutland Discount Foods and Liquidation Center on Cleveland Avenue just after 6 p.m.
But city police Lt. Kevin Geno said Thursday police have applied for an emergency search warrant to test Spano’s blood for alcohol and drugs. Geno also said police found evidence of drug and alcohol use at the scene - cans of beer and Dust-Off, which is an aerosol cleaner – were “hidden” in bushes near the crash site by the car’s occupants. Aerosols like Dust-Off can be “huffed” to get high, the lieutenant said.
Carly Ferro died at the hospital Wednesday night from injuries in the crash. The Rutland High School senior and accomplished varsity golfer had just left the discount food store and was trying to get into the passenger’s side of her father’s parked car when the Camry slammed into the driver’s side of the vehicle.
Ron Ferro’s car and two other parked vehicles were shoved more than 100 feet by the impact, which trapped Ron Ferro in the wreckage for more than 45 minutes. Ron Ferro was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life threatening, as were two passengers in the car Spanos was driving.
Those passengers, 27-year-old Michael Longely and 43-year-old Eva Lebo, are not part of the criminal investigation focused on Spanos, Geno said.
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day 1739, 'Richard Palmer' identified in prison at York Castle as the notorious outlaw DICK TURPIN; IN 1836, Battle of the Alamo begins near San Antonio de Bexar, Texas; 1896, the Tootsie Roll invented by LEO HIRSCHFELD.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1472, Orkney, Shetland islands put up as collateral by Norway to Scotland in lieu of dowry for MARGARET OF DENMARK on her marriage with JAMES III, king of Scotland; 1962, JOHN GLENN first American to orbit Earth.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: City mayoral candidates debate campaign issues; Hartford, Conn., woman still missing; Neal Goswami reports attempts to legislate suicide; local woman loses 100 pounds through TOPS program.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1878, JOHN TUNSTALL murdered near Lincoln, New Mexico, by the outlaw JESSE EVANS; in 1930, ELM FARM OLLIE first cow to fly in aircraft, first to be milked airborne; 1955, nuke test WASP; '79, snow in Sahara.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Rutland Herald News Editor Alan J. Keays and staff writer Gordon Dritschilo discuss stories planned for the February 18, 2015, edition of the newspaper: Winter budgets maxed, legal marijuana, Springfield bank job, USPS slowdown
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1249 AD, ANDRE of LONGJUMEAU is dispatched by LOUIS IX of France to meet the KHAGAN, ruler of the Mongol Empire; in 1804, during 1st Barbary War, STEPHEN DECATUR scuttles the pirate-held USS Philadelphia in Tripoli.