DUI Crash Kills Norwich U Student, Injures 7
NORTHFIELD, Vt. — A car loaded with eight Norwich University students lost control and crashed after an off-campus party early Sunday, killing a freshman and leaving three others with critical injuries, police said. The 22-year-old behind the wheel is charged with drunken driving resulting in a fatality.
Renee Robbins, 18, of Kentwood, Mich., died in the crash just after 1 a.m., Northfield police said. Seven people in the car required hospital treatment.
The driver of the vehicle, Derek Saber of Pittsford, N.Y., was being held on $100,000 bail and was scheduled to appear in court Monday. Saber’s blood-alcohol content was more than double the legal limit of 0.08 percent, police said.
The host of the party, 20-year-old Logan O’Neill, was charged with enabling consumption by a minor, possession of alcohol and violation of conditions of release.
O’Neill was recently arrested for his second drunken-driving charge and was prohibited from drinking alcohol as a condition of his release, police said.
Three passengers were taken to Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington with critical injuries. Three others were treated and released, the university said.
All the passengers were first-year students who lived in the same dormitory on campus, college officials said. Saber and O’Neill are students who live off-campus.
“This is an unfathomable tragedy, and the entire Norwich family is grieving over this,” said Norwich President Richard Schneider.
Founded in 1819, Norwich is the first private military college in the U.S. and the birthplace of the ROTC program. The school is located in Vermont’s Green Mountains and has more than 2,000 undergraduate students.
—Copyright 2011 Associated Press