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A Westerly man has been charged in connection with a head-on collision on Route 2 in North Stonington that killed another Westerly resident last June.

The man, Matthew James Cillino, 25, of 2 Elizabeth St., was charged Wednesday with negligent homicide, felony misconduct with a motor vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, and use or possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also cited with traveling unreasonably fast, failure to drive to the right, failure to use a seat belt and operating a motor vehicle with unsafe tires.

According to judicial records, Cillino turned himself in at the Connecticut State Police barracks in Montville. He was arraigned in New London Superior Court and released on $25,000 bond.

Cillino was eastbound on Route 2 at about 11:45 p.m. on June 2, 2018, when his 2014 Dodge Ram crossed the center line and veered into the westbound lane, striking a 2009 Hyundai AGS driven by 76-year-old Eugene J. Vincelette, of Cross Street.

Both drivers suffered serious injuries and were taken to Backus Hospital in Norwich. Vincelette died at the hospital, the police said.

According to court records, investigators found that Cillino was in possession of several syringes and narcotics at the time of the crash. He passed a field sobriety test, but told officers he was returning from dropping off a friend at the Mashantucket Pequot reservation and could not recall any details of the crash. Cillino was driving more than 50 mph just before the collision, the police said.

Cillino did not enter a plea during his initial appearance. He us due back in New Londong Superior Court on June 27.

jvallee@thewesterlysun.com

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