Charges filed in deadly crash

Speed played a role in the Sept. 4 deadly head-on collision that claimed the life of a Forest City man in Clifford Township, according to police investigators.

Gregory Sheridan, 30, of Hallstead, has been charged by Pennsylvania State Police with felony vehicular homicide and  a misdemeanor count of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Richard Shinn, 68, of Forest City. The charges were filed Oct. 16 in Clifford District Court.

According to the affidavit, Sheridan told police he was traveling about 38 mph, down the hill on Route 247, north, towards Forest City when he heard a “pop” and thought one of his tires blew out sending him into the path of Shinn’s Chevrolet Cavalier.

Tpr. Nicholas Stoud reported in the affidavit that he observed a “long stretch of skid marks” leading from the northbound lane to the location where the cars collided. Upon measuring, police determined Sheridan’s Ford Fusion left about 118-feet of skid marks to the point of impact, and then continued another 52 feet before coming to rest.

According to the affidavit, roadway evidence and a download of the Ford’s airbag control module indicate the vehicle was traveling 67-72 mph, about 32 mph above the posted speed limit for the road.

Sheridan, who was transported to Geisinger CMC for treatment of injuries, was interviewed by police at the hospital.

According to the affidavit, the county coroner’s report and autopsy report indicate Shinn sustained multiple traumatic injuries in the crash. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:15 a.m.

Gregory is scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge Suzanne Brainard on Tuesday, Nov. 26, for a preliminary hearing. Sheridan remains free on unsecured bail.

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