After Teen Deaths, Wrong-Way Driver Faces 5 Counts Of Murder

Oct 13, 2016

The state has filed five counts of second-degree murder against Steven Bourgoin, the driver police say was responsible for killing five teenagers after going the wrong way on Interstate 89 last weekend.

Chittenden County State’s Attorney TJ Donovan said Bourgoin will be arraigned Friday at the UVM Medical Center in Burlington.

Bourgoin remains hospitalized after a series of crashes that left many injured, including one that occurred after he allegedly stole a Williston police cruiser and again drove on the interstate the wrong way after the initial fatal crash.

The five teenagers killed were Mary Harris, 16, of Moretown; Cyrus Zschau, 16, of Moretown; Liam Hale, 16, of Fayston; Janie Cozzi, 15, of Fayston; and Eli Brookens, 16, of Waterbury. All but Cozzi, who attended Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire, were students at Harwood Union High School.

They died after a pickup truck traveling the wrong way on I-89 in Williston collided with their car. Prosecutors have named Bourgoin as the driver.

Police say Bourgoin then stole the police cruiser, and that he sustained “critical” injuries as a result of the crashes.

At a news conference Monday, Donovan said that “alcohol was not present as part of the crash,” but that police haven’t ruled out other substances as they await toxicology results.

Donovan on Monday didn’t directly answer a question about whether the incident was an attempted suicide by Bourgoin, but said he would “not classify what occurred as an accident.”