Wallingford police seeking information on fatal bike crash

Wallingford police seeking information on fatal bike crash

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WALLINGFORD — Police are asking witnesses to come forward with information about a crash in May that killed a bicyclist on South Turnpike Road near Toelles Road.

Donald A. Carrelli, 37, of Milford, died May 25 after a 2009 Honda Civic driving south crossed into the northbound lane and struck him as he was riding north along the road’s shoulder.

The driver of the Honda Civic, Derek C. Fries, 35, of Meriden was charged with second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle, DUI, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to a search warrant, Fries told police at the scene "that he was high and had used heroin prior to the crash.” Police seized items from Fries, including two bottles of methadone, six capped syringes, two uncapped syringes, and items containing a powdery residue.

In a statement Tuesday, police said a vehicle behind the Honda Civic took video of two witnesses who got out of a vehicle traveling west on Toelles Road and appear to speak with Fries immediately after the crash. The witnesses are asked to contact the Traffic Division as soon as possible in hopes they can provide information helpful to the investigation, according to the statement.

Police are also looking to identify a motorcyclist who was traveling north on South Turnpike Road and stopped alongside the Honda Civic following the crash.

“In the video it appears that the operator of the Honda sedan is taking items out of the Honda via the passenger side door and walking into the nearby woods as the operator of the motorcycle is stopped alongside,” Lt. Anthony DeMaio writes in the statement.

Those three witnesses and any other witnesses or people who may have had contact with Fries are asked to call the Traffic Division and speak with Officer James Knowlton at 203-294-2818 or DeMaio at 203-294-2838.

Fries’ next court date is Aug. 1 in Meriden Superior Court. He has yet to enter a plea.

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