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Massachusetts motorcyclist dies in Woodbury accident

WOODBURY – A car crashed into a group of four motorcyclists on Vermont 14 in Woodbury on Sunday morning, killing one man and injuring two others, Vermont State Police said.

Police said a preliminary investigation indicates that Frank Sargent, 52, of Woodbury was traveling north when his 1996 Subaru Legacy crossed the center line of the roadway. His car collided with two of the four motorcyclists who were headed south. The first motorcyclist involved in the collision was operated by Richard Braga, 57, of Hudson, Mass.

The second motorcyclist was identified as Joseph Rebello, 55, of Kingston, Mass. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The two other motorcyclists were able to avoid being hit by the motor vehicle.

Police said Braga suffered severe injuries to his left side and Sargent had a shoulder injury and possible fractured left foot.

According to a report on the Boston Globe website, Rebello was the former chief of the Kingston Police Department and Braga was former chief of the Hudson Police Department.

“Joe was a great leader a great motivator,” current Kingston Chief Maurice J. Splaine said in an interview Sunday with the Boston Globe. “I had the utmost respect for him. He basically mentored me to follow in his footsteps.”

The Globe also reported that Rebello led three Massachusetts departments over the course of 23 years and served as the president of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association.

State police continue to investigate the cause of the collision and the Vermont State Police Crash Reconstruction Team is assisting in that investigation.

Source: Burlington Free Press