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Granville veterinarian dies in car-bicycle crash

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PAWLET, Vt. | A veterinarian who lived in Granville was killed Monday afternoon when he was hit by a car while riding a bicycle on a western Vermont highway, police said.

Dr. Robert A. Agne, 54, was hit just after 3:30 p.m. as he rode along Route 30, just east of the state line, according to Vermont State Police. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Agne was hit by a car driven by Kathleen E. King, 21, of Wells, Vermont, who police believe fell asleep as she was driving, veered out of her lane and across the oncoming lane before hitting Agne, Vermont State Police said in a news release.

King was taken to Rutland Regional Medical Center in Rutland, Vermont, for treatment of minor injuries. A call to the hospital for her condition was not returned Tuesday.

The 2000 Subaru Outback she was driving was destroyed.

The investigation was ongoing as of Tuesday, and Vermont State Police did not say if charges would be filed. Repeated calls to the agency were not returned Tuesday.

Vermont State Police asked that anyone who may have witnessed the crash call them at 802-773-9101.

Granville Rescue Squad and Pawlet and West Pawlet, Vermont, fire departments assisted at the scene.

Agne was a veterinarian who specialized in horses and worked at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital on Henning Road in Saratoga Springs, having also worked at the hospital's location in Kentucky.

The company's Facebook social media page indicated he moved to the region in July.

He was a veterinary podiatrist.

Agne had been practicing seasonally in the region for years, but just recently moved to the region full-time, according to a former colleague. They bought a house on Route 149.

"He and his wife had just bought a house in Granville. He was doing really well here. His practice had taken off," said Dr. Scott Ahlschwede, a partner in the veterinary practice.

He had been a veterinarian since 2003, and his wife also works for Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital.

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