DERBY — A 50-year-old resident of Newport was fatally injured on I-91 in Derby last night, after his motorcycle struck another vehicle from behind.
Authorities are saying that Gaetan Delabruere was traveling southbound on I-91 near mile marker 171/55 at around 5:50 p.m., when he struck the right rear corner of a 2011 Subaru Outback, being driven by Joseph Gresser, 65, of Stannard.
Vermont State Police began investigating the crash, and are reporting that Gresser was traveling at around 60 to 65 miles per hour when the motorcycle, a 2003 Yamaha FJR, collided with his vehicle.
According to a statement by police, after impact Delabruere was separated from the motorcycle and slid down the roadway until colliding with a set of guardrails.
The motorcycle slid off the west side of the roadway, and Gresser came to a controlled stop in the passing lane.
The crash is still under investigation, however, police say that the initial investigation revealed that it was raining and the road was wet at the time, with speed and visibility appearing to be factors in the tragic crash.
The Subaru only had minor rear-end damage as a result of the collision, and it appears Gresser was uninjured.