Police Investigate Pedestrian Death

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Police in Vermont are investigating the death of a pedestrian in a wheelchair found dead hours after he had been treated and released for injuries suffered when he was hit by a car in Burlington.

Burlington police say 20-year-old Zachary Stimatis was hit Saturday evening at the corner of Flynn Avenue and Pine Street.

He was taken to Fletcher Allen Health Care and later released. On Sunday morning, he was found dead in his home. The cause hasn’t been released.

Police say speed and alcohol don’t appear to have been factors in the accident.

Deputy Police Chief Andi Higbee said Monday that preliminary investigation shows driver Jeffrey Shedd, of Shelburne, was following the rules of the road. Higbee says Stimatis was in a crosswalk when he was hit.

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