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Colchester Police: speed, operator impairment, defective tires caused deadly crash in November

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COLCHESTER, Vermont — Colchester police say a head-on crash that killed a driver and passenger in November was caused by speed, defective tires and operator impairment.

Police released the findings on Thursday.

Authorities say the driver of the car, 27-year-old Justin Sterling, and passenger, 28-year-old Aleksander Melkumo, were killed when the 1997 Honda Prelude they were in crossed the centerline on Route 15 and hit an oncoming garbage truck.

The two men were not wearing seatbelts.

The driver of the trash-hauling truck was not hurt.

Police say Sterling had a high level of THC — a chemical in marijuana — in his blood. They also say he was driving too fast for the wet conditions.

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