Hartland Man Arraigned for Negligent Homicide After I-89 Crash

A Hartland man who killed a Rhode Island woman in I-89 in a wrong-way collision was arraigned Thursday on homicide charges. Court records say that 38-year old Daniel Cowdrey was arraigned yesterday in Lebanon Circuit Court on charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated and negligent homicide.

These charges stem from an accident on Wednesday where police say that Cowdrey was driving his Subaru Legacy traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of I-89 around 9 PM.

He caused one accident near Exit 19 before colliding with a Nissan near Exit 20, driven by 34-year Ellynn Koelsch of Rhode Island. State police said the crash was nearly head on and Koelsch was killed in the crash. Her 4-year old son was seriously injured and transported to DHMC, where Cowdrey was also taken with minor injuries.

He was arrested on DUI charges at the hospital. In court, Cowdrey did not enter a plea and is being held on $25,000 cash or corporate surety bail.

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