DALTON — A Peru man was killed and a local woman and her daughter were injured on Sunday in a head-on crash on South Street, police said.
Paul Baldasaro, 52, was heading west in a 1988 Plymouth Sedan near Richard Drive about 2:44 p.m. when he veered across the center line and struck an eastbound 2008 GMC Yukon, according to Dalton Police Chief Jeffrey Coe. Baldasaro was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the SUV, Cheryl Petell, 62, and her daughter, Katelyn Petell, 20, were transported to Berkshire Medical Center, where they were treated and released.
Baldasaro, who had no passengers in his vehicle, did not appear to have been wearing a seat belt, Coe said. His car was not equipped with air bags.
The Petells were wearing seat belts and the car's front and side air bags deployed.
Dalton Police responded with the assistance of Dalton Ambulance, County Ambulance, state police detectives and the Collision Analysis & Reconstruction Section unit of the state police.
South Street was closed for about about 3 1/2 hours.
Coe said this was the first fatal accident in Dalton in the six years he's been chief.
The medical examiner's office was notified and an autopsy will be conducted. The accident is under active investigation. Dalton Police Sgt. Christopher Furlong is the investigating officer.
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