Camillo Nicklaw Death, Obituary – The 45-year-old man’s name has been made public by the Bennington Police Department after his tragic death on Friday night in a pedestrian collision on Route & close to the Vermont State Office Complex. Matthew Nicklaw of Bennington passed away at the scene following three straight collisions with oncoming traffic, according to BPD Lt. Camillo A. Grande.
On the third occasion, a tractor-trailer tragically hit him. On Tuesday, Grande stated, “His family has been alerted.” He said that the inquiry regarding Nicklaw’s passing will go on. “A lot of work still has to be done. He said that at this point in the inquiry, we are considering the possibility of suicide.
It appears “he was in some type of mental health crisis,” according to Grande, who asserted that investigators are going back and looking at Nicklaw’s life in the days prior to the event. He said that due to prior incidents involving mental health, the police were aware of Nicklaw. According to Grande, Nicklaw passed away on Route 7 at about 10 p.m. after three different collisions.
He claimed that Nicklaw initially tried to cross in front of a southbound tractor trailer, but the driver managed to dodge him and dial 911 to report the incident to the police. According to reports, the black automobile apparently hit Nicklaw as he rushed in front of it, smashing the passenger-side mirror.
There was a verbal argument, according to him, and the driver left when the automobile stopped and attempted to help. The driver dialed 911 as well. When the police showed up, they discovered that another tractor trailer had killed Nicklaw. Authorities shut down Route 7 between Kocher Drive and Depot Street after the incident for roughly two hours.
When asked if the drivers had received a clean bill of health, Grande responded that the inquiry was still ongoing and that the State’s Attorney’s office for Bennington County will examine the final report. Grande advises anyone dealing with a mental health issue, such as depression, to seek counseling. One option is to call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, which is available round-the-clock at (988).