Attorney: Meriden man in treatment following crash in Wallingford that killed cyclist

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MERIDEN — A city man is receiving inpatient treatment after being charged in connection with a fatal crash in Wallingford that killed a bicyclist.

Derek Fries, 35, of 40 Pasco St., is charged with second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle, DUI, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Fries appeared in Meriden Superior Court on Thursday. According to his attorney, William Gerace, Fries is receiving inpatient treatment, but the specifics were not stated in court. The case was continued to Oct. 29. 

Fries was driving a 2009 Honda Civic south on South Turnpike Road on May 25 just before 3 p.m. when the vehicle veered into the northbound lane and struck  one of two bicyclists riding along the shoulder, police said. Donald A. Carrelli, 37, of Milford, was pronounced dead at Yale-New Haven Hospital. 

At the accident scene, Fries told police “that he was high and had used heroin prior to the crash,” according to a search warrant.  Police seized items from Fries, including two bottles of methadone, six capped syringes, two uncapped syringes, and items containing a powdery residue. 

When Fries refused to submit to DUI processing, police brought him to MidState Medical Center to have his blood drawn involuntarily. Officers submitted a search warrant application for the results of the blood test. The results have not been made available.
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