Vermont trucker won’t be charged

| 11/15/2007

A Vermont trucker who ran over and killed a woman who reportedly was trying to block his truck will not be charged in connection with her death.

The Associated Press quotes state patrolman J.P. Sinclair as saying investigators found no proof that Delbert Degree intended to kill the woman.

Sinclair says Degree may not have been aware that 45-year-old Laurie Bragdon was standing in front of his stationary Peterbilt when he pulled out of the lot.

He also says witnesses agreed that Degree did not accelerate quickly as he left the lot in St. Johnsbury.

The way it started appears to be road rage on the part of Bragdon. She was allegedly driving with her daughter Sarah. Media reports claim the pair was mad because they felt Degree had nearly sideswiped their car earlier. The two women reportedly followed him for 21 miles to a lot where he dropped off a trailer.

Police say an argument over Degree’s driving took place – then the mother stood in front of his truck while the daughter went to look for a police officer.