Vernon man, facing DWI fatal charge, also charged with underage party
By Susan Smallheer
Staff Writer | August 26,2014
BRATTLEBORO — A 21-year-old Vernon man, who was charged last year with drunken driving, death resulting, was back in court Monday on charges he hosted an underage drinking party last month in Vernon.
Edward “Eddie” Class was also charged with five counts of violating conditions of release based on the drunken driving case.
Class was charged in connection with the death of Tanya P. May, 23, of Readsboro, who died shortly after the June 8, 2013, crash in Vernon. She was a passenger in Class’ vehicle and died at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester where she had been airlifted.
Class was also injured in the crash. He was arraigned on the fatality charge in December of 2013, following a lengthy investigation, according to Steven Brown, Windham County deputy state’s attorney.
According to the police investigation, Class was driving northbound in the southbound lane of Route 142, which another driver said was a game of “chicken” when the crash took place.
Brown said his office had filed a motion to have Class’ bail on the fatality charge changed, and there will be a hearing Friday on the issue.
Judge David Suntag rejected Brown’s request that Class be held for lack of $5,000 bail, and instead released Class on conditions Monday, Brown said.
May’s husband, Kyle May of Readsboro was interviewed by the Windham County Sheriff’s Department about Class’ involvement in an underage drinking party in Vernon on July 18, 2013.
“Eddie doesn’t seem like he learned a single thing from it because he parties every weekend,” Kyle May told the sheriff’s department, according to court records.
Kyle May told the sheriff’s department that Class “parties every weekend, drinks every weekend, three nights a week.” May also said that at one party Class consumed an estimated eight beers.
May told the sheriffs that Class had emailed or texted him about a drinking party he was hosting near his Vernon home. Police said they later obtained Class’ cellphone records to trace what texts he had sent and records showed he had sent 84 text messages at one point, and 47 minutes earlier about the Vernon party.
Police later executed a search warrant of Class’ home and confiscated his phone.
Police also said a review of Class’ Facebook page showed him holding a beer bottle on July 28, 2013.
Class had been released on conditions after his Dec. 10, 2013, arraignment and was ordered by Suntag not to buy, have or drink any alcoholic beverages, and not to leave Windham County without the court’s permission.
According to affidavits filed by the sheriff’s department, Class had gone to Massachusetts repeatedly to attend parties and to go to a truck-pulling event in Cummington, Mass.