Steven Bourgoin, 36, is currently in police custody after stealing a police SUV from the scene of a crash that five high school students died in.
— Tyler Dumont (@WCAX_Tyler) October 9, 2016
After police arrived to the scene of the crash on Saturday night in Williston, Vermont, an officer pulled a girl from a burning vehicle in the two car crash while Bourgoin jumped into the police car and took off. He then crashed into multiple cars, leaving him critically injured.
According to a Vermont State Police Press Report, “The Williston Officer radioed that his cruiser was stolen. A Richmond Police Officer set up at the U-turn at mile marker 77 to intercept the stolen police cruiser,” state police said. “Bourgoin encountered a Richmond police officer and turned around on the interstate. Bourgoin then traveled northbound in the southbound lane back towards the original crash scene at a high rate of speed whereupon he struck seven vehicles.”
Police stated that while multiple people hurt in the crashes after Burgoin stole the SUV, but were only hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
The teenagers who died in the crash were identified as Eli Brookens, Janie Cozzi, Liam Hale, Mary Harris and Cyrus Zschau. They were all said to have a “Promise for a bright future.” They died while returning home from a concert in Burlington
“This is an unprecedented tragedy; we have suffered a tremendous loss. These students were vibrant members of our school community, actively involved and all with a promise for a bright future,” said Harwood Union High School Principal Amy Rex.
Police have stated that Bourgoin is currently in critical condition at the University of Vermont Medical Center, but they have not yet released what charges he will be facing.
This isn’t the first time Bourgoin has faced legal trouble. According to WCAX-TV, in May he was charged with domestic assault and unlawful restraint after being accused of threatening to throw his girlfriend down stairs and holding her and their two year old son “hostage.”
He’s then accused of pulling at a lanyard around the woman’s neck, almost running the car off the road. He allegedly told his girlfriend he would “kill both of them before he let his child go.”
Bourgoin later denied the allegations in court and was ordered to stay away from his girlfriend and their child. She told police a similar incident happened when the family lived in Massachusetts.
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