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Man to Face Judge in Connection With Fatal Hit-and-Run in Shelburne Falls

The woman, a 45-year-old Shelburne Falls resident, died on the scene after being struck while walking along Route 2

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A 59-year-old Northampton, Massachusetts man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a fatal hit-and-run that killed a 45-year-old pedestrian, the Northwestern District Attorney’s office said. 

Rhonda Thompson, a 45-year-old Shelburne Falls resident, died on the scene after being struck while walking along Route 2 with a companion around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to the district attorney’s office.

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Peter Toomey, 59, faces multiple charges including leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, negligent motor vehicle homicide and failure to stay in marked lanes.

During an arraignment in Greenfield District Court Wednesday, Toomey pleaded not guilty. Bail was set at $25,000 cash.

The crash is still under investigation by state police as well as the chief medical examiner.

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