Charges have been filed against 21-year-old Justin Pierce for driving under the influence in the Aug. 18 accident that killed 22-year-old Woodstock resident Jon Ferrero.
Pierce’s blood alcohol level was over the legal limit, according to the Woodstock Police Department, when the his pickup truck rolled over and crashed into a tree at the intersection of Peterkin Hill and Fletcher Hill Road in South Woodstock that evening. Police also say Pierce, of Woodstock, was traveling at a “high rate of speed” at the time of the accident. Ferrero was pronounced dead when emergency crews arrived. Pierce was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.
Ferrero and Pierce were coming back from the Connecticut River Valley Baseball League championship game where Ferrero was named the series’ most valuable player.
Beer cans were found at the scene of the accident, according to Woodstock Police Chief Robbie Blish.
Pierce is scheduled to appear in Vermont Superior Court at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 12.