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November 30, 2015

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Vermont man gets 30 days in crash that killed Las Vegas man, son

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. — A Vermont man has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for his role in a crash that killed a father and his 10-year-old son.

Twenty-six-year-old Joshua Ouimette pleaded guilty Thursday to two misdemeanor counts of gross negligent operation as part of a plea deal. He originally was charged with two counts of careless and negligent operation with death resulting.

Police said Ouimette's vehicle crossed the center line on Route 4 in Bridgewater in 2012 and crashed into an oncoming sport utility vehicle. Killed were 56-year-old Christopher Raleigh and his 10-year-old son, Travis, of Las Vegas.

Police said Ouimette may have turned around to check on his baby in the backseat, causing the crash. The judge said many drivers experience such distractions, although the consequences are not usually as tragic.

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