On July 14, 2020, at approximately 3:19 p.m., State Police responded to a report of a two-car crash on State Route 9N in the town of AuSable.
An investigation revealed a 2007 Pontiac G5 operated by 34-year-old Shane M. Martineau of Plattsburgh, was eastbound on State Route 9N. Martineau entered the westbound lane to pass an uninvolved vehicle in front of him. A 2004 Dodge Durango operated by 20-year-old Jesse J. Latham of Jay was traveling west in the westbound lane. Both vehicles exited the north shoulder of the roadway, in an attempt to avoid a collision, and struck head-on. Clinton County Coroner Chad Deans pronounced Martineau deceased at the scene at 4:54 p.m. His body was removed to the University of Vermont Health Network at the Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital in Plattsburgh where an autopsy will be performed on July 15, 2020.
Latham and a passenger, 18-year-old Alexander G. Nelson of Jay, were transported to the University of Vermont Health Network at the Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital in Plattsburgh with minor injuries.