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Fletcher Allen Admits "Errors Were Made" in Case of Pedestrian Who Died After Being Released 

Fletcher Allen Health Care admitted today that it made "errors in the care" of 20-year-old Zachary Stamatis, the accident victim who died in July after being treated and released from the hospital.

Stamatis (pictured) had been hit by a car while in his wheelchair crossing Pine Street at the intersection of Flynn Avenue — near his home. He was rushed to the hospital that night, treated and released a few hours later.

Stamatis was found dead the following morning by a caregiver. According to an autopsy conducted by the state medical examiner, Stamatis died as a result of a brain injury due to a skull fracture he sustained from the crash.

Immediately following news of Stamatis' death, FAHC officials said they would conduct an internal investigation into Stamatis' care to determine what, if anything, went awry.

Apparently the hospital did make mistakes, but officials aren't saying exactly what went wrong.

"All I can say is that we did make errors in his care and have made changes to ensure that this will not happen again," FAHC Spokesman Mike Noble told Seven Days. "We did talk to his family and apologized for what happened. Clearly, everybody involved is saddened by what occurred."

Noble wouldn't specify what errors were made or whether any staff members were disciplined.

"We don't have an agreement with the family to say anything else," Noble said.

Stamatis' friends and families weren't immediately available for comment today.

The bulk of the internal review was completed "expeditiously" Noble added, but it did take some time to complete the internal review process and meet with the family.

Speed and alcohol were not ruled to be a factor in the accident, according to police reports. The initial investigation found driver Jeffrey Shedd, of Shelburne, was following the rules of the road when the accident occurred.

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