police officer dies in interstate crash
Barre man who worked as an Orange County Sheriff's deputy
and part-time police officer in Northfield was killed in a
late night crash in Waterbury.
Police say Michael Zemanek, 22, was driving south on
Interstate 89 just before midnight Wednesday, when for some
unknown reason he drifted to the left side of the road,
through the median and across both northbound lanes.
The car bounced off the guardrail and went back across
the median and both southbound lanes of travel, hitting the
guardrail on the other side of the road.
Zemanek was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Police are investigating, but say speed does not
appear to be a factor.
Zemanek was an Orange County Sheriff's deputy and part-time
Northfield Police Department officer. He was off-duty at
the time of the crash.
In a statement, Orange County Sheriff Bill Bohnyak said,
"Our entire office is very saddened at the loss of one of
our brothers. Michael was a hard-working, intelligent,
community-oriented police officer with a bright future in
Law Enforcement. This is not only a loss to Orange County
Sheriff Department, but to all the communities that he
Zemanek had also previously worked for the Barre City