PARIS — A Bethel man arrested after a fatal head-on collision that killed a woman in that town has been charged with manslaughter.

An Oxford County grand jury handed up a two-count indictment Thursday charging Jason Heath, 30, with felony manslaughter and aggravated criminal operating under the influence in connection with a collision last October. 

Heath, according to the indictment, was operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants on Oct. 16, 2015, on Intervale Road when his car collided head-on with another vehicle, killing 47-year-old Susan Isham. A small amount of heroin was found inside his vehicle, according to media reports at the time. 

Following the crash, police arrested Heath on charges of violating bail conditions and drug possession. Those charges were later dismissed by a prosecutor when Heath pleaded guilty to unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs in an unrelated case, a felony for which he was fined $565. 

The new felony charges carry a maximum prison sentence of 40 years and a $70,000 fine.

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