State Police say man died of motor vehicle collision

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Vermont State Police say a man whose body was struck by two troopers’ cruisers while lying on Route 100 died of “blunt impact trauma to the head."

Gerald Peterson, 22, of Dover, died early Sunday but the circumstances of his death aren’t clear. Police say the two troopers were driving separate cars when they came upon Peterson’s body in the roadway and couldn’t stop, even though the first trooper to hit him radio’ed the other to look out.

State Police say it’s unclear why Peterson was lying in the road when he was hit by cars driven by Trooper John Waitekus and Trooper Frank Labombard, both of the Brattleboro Barracks.

Colonel James Baker, director of the Vermont State Police, plans a news conference today to discuss the case.

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