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Driver Charged With Negligent Homicide in March Crash That Killed Firefighter

A Massachusetts man was charged Wednesday in connection with the crash that killed Paul Simison.

The driver of a pickup truck that collided with a car on Old Mountain Road in March, killing the car's driver, turned himself in to authorities Wednesday to face a charge of negligent homicide with a motor vehicle.

Shaun M. Phelps, 29, of Southwick, MA, was also charged with a pair of motor vehicle infractions in connection with the March 28 crash which took the life of Paul Simison. 

Simison, 60, was a longtime volunteer firefighter with the engine company at fire station No. 2 on Ratley Road in West Suffield.

On the day of the crash, Phelps was operating a Ford pickup truck around 8:15 a.m. when his vehicle crossed the center line and struck Simison's car head-on, killing him instantly, Police Chief Michael Manzi said.

The pickup truck rolled over upon impact, and Phelps was treated for minor injuries at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Manzi said.

During the course of the investigation, Phelps admitted he had smoked marijuana prior to the accident, Manzi said.

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