Man charged in DUI crash that killed Southington man appears in court

Man charged in DUI crash that killed Southington man appears in court


Moises Larriu from Southington, victim of fatal DUI on Oct. 20 in Cheshire

MERIDEN — A Middletown man charged in the accident that killed a Southington man last month in Cheshire appeared before a judge on Monday.

Ryan Scalise, 31, of 148 Dove Lane, was arrested and charged with second-degree manslaughter, driving under the influence, interfering with an officer and failure to grant the right of way. Scalise was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Oct. 21 and posted $25,000 bail.

According to police reports, on Oct. 20 about 10:30 p.m. police responded to the area of Route 10 near the intersection with Interstate 691 in Cheshire. Moises Larriu, 50, of Southington, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, police spokesman James Fasano said. Larriu was driving a motor scooter, and was struck by a sport utility vehicle, driven by Scalise, Fasano said.

At Scalise’s arraignment on Oct. 21 Judge Philip Scarpellino had ordered him not to drive until his next court date. On Monday, Oct. 4, Scarpellino lifted that order, once confirming that Scalise’s license had been suspended by the Department of Motor Vehicles, therefore not allowing Scalise to drive. Scalise was represented by an attorney from the Woolf Law Firm, and she filed a motion to have some of the property in the SUV returned. After hearing arguments from both sides, Scarpellino allowed the return of softball equipment and phone chargers back to Scalise. The case was continued until Nov. 18.

After court Sabrina Lopez, daughter of Larriu, said it was the first time the family has seen Scalise. In court family members filled over two rows, wearing T-shirts and sweatshirts with the message “Justice for Moises.”

Lopez said it was very hard for the family to see Scalise and “keep yourself together.” Lopez said Larriu has four children and four grandchildren, and his youngest son is 14 years old. Lopez said she believes Scalise is a risk to the community and she was bothered by the fact that he appeared more concerned about getting some of his property back rather than worrying about being in court for taking someone’s life.

“I know it’s going to be a long process,” Lopez said.

Larriu was coming home from work at Bozzuto’s, Lopez said. What makes his death especially hard for the family is that it came on the two-year anniversary of their mother’s death from cancer.

Lopez said she wanted to thank everyone who has come out to support the family, and the family’s only goal is to get justice for their father.

“The life he took was very valuable,” Lopez said. “He’s home with his family. We can’t get our father back.”

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