October 9, 2003 Edition

VLS Student, Graduate Killed on Interstate 89

VLS Student, Graduate Killed on Interstate 89

Students and staff at Vermont Law School were in shock this week as they learned of a nighttime accident on Interstate 89 that took the lives of one student and one recent graduate.

Kimberly Colburn, 26, who was driving, and Lauren Salb, 25, were believed to have died immediately when their southbound car went off the road a mile north of the Waterbury exit.

The crash is believed to have occurred about 2:20 a.m. early Tuesday morning, but there were no witnesses. The crash was reported by a truck driver, who didn't realize the two women were inside.

Authorities found the bodies when they investigated the trucker's call.

Authorities believe it is likely that the women fell asleep. There was no "rumble strip" at the side of the road to wake them up because the road was being prepared for repaving.

The car drove 250 feet off the road before it crashed into the end of a guardrail, which penetrated the car, probably instantly killing the two women, police said.

"These students had many friends on the campus and in the community," said Dean Kinvin Wroth. "They will be greatly mourned and missed."

A memorial service for the VLS community is scheduled for today at 12:45 p.m. at the Chase Center.

Salb, a native of New Jersey, was a 2001 graduate of Northeastern University. She had graduated in May from the Law School with a master's degree in studies in environmental law.

Colburn, whose family lives in Arizona, was a second-year law student.

VLS Student, Graduate Killed on Interstate 89

Students and staff at Vermont Law School were in shock this week as they learned of a nighttime accident on Interstate 89 that took the lives of one student and one recent graduate.

Kimberly Colburn, 26, who was driving, and Lauren Salb, 25, were believed to have died immediately when their southbound car went off the road a mile north of the Waterbury exit.

The crash is believed to have occurred about 2:20 a.m. early Tuesday morning, but there were no witnesses. The crash was reported by a truck driver, who didn't realize the two women were inside.

Authorities found the bodies when they investigated the trucker's call.

Authorities believe it is likely that the women fell asleep. There was no "rumble strip" at the side of the road to wake them up because the road was being prepared for repaving.

The car drove 250 feet off the road before it crashed into the end of a guardrail, which penetrated the car, probably instantly killing the two women, police said.

"These students had many friends on the campus and in the community," said Dean Kinvin Wroth. "They will be greatly mourned and missed."

A memorial service for the VLS community is scheduled for today at 12:45 p.m. at the Chase Center.

Salb, a native of New Jersey, was a 2001 graduate of Northeastern University. She had graduated in May from the Law School with a master's degree in studies in environmental law.

Colburn, whose family lives in Arizona, was a second-year law student.

2003-10-09 / Front Page

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