Bennington, VT Family Killed in Tractor Trailer Truck Accident
Nearly an entire Vermont family was left dead after their car collided with a tractor trailer truck. The accident occurred on Route 7 in Pittstown, NY.
The driver of the car was Robin C. Martinez, 42. His girlfriend, Juana Jimenez, 40, and her children, Jennifer Jimenez, 15, Jasmil Jimenez, 13, Cesar Jimenez, 10 were passengers.
Jennifer, 15, was the only survivor of the accident (another sibling who wasn't in the car also survives), which occurred when the Honda Pilot SUV they were driving veered across the centerline, and collided with a tractor-trailer truck.
The family was on their way back home to Bennington, VT after picking Martinez up from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. Though the exact cause of the accident is unknown, police believe Martinez may have fallen asleep behind the wheel.
''While police may never know why Mr. Martinez crossed over into the westbound lane of traffic, leading to the head-on collision, driver fatigue may have been a factor,'' State Police said in a statement released Monday.
Juana and Jasmil Jiminez were dead when crews arrived. Cesar Jimenez died at the roadside after being removed from the vehicle. Martinez died en route to the hospital, police said.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the surviving members of the family, as well as the truck driver (who lives in Brattleboro, VT ), and anyone else affected by this tragic accident.