Cyclist struck and killed, driver facing manslaughter charge

May 26, 2019

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut say a cyclist has been killed and a driver is facing manslaughter and drugged driving charges.

Wallingford police say 37-year-old Donald Carrelli, of Milford, was bicycling on the shoulder of South Turnpike Road at about 3 p.m. Saturday when a car coming in the other direction crossed the double-yellow line and struck him.

Carrelli was taken to Yale New Haven Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police say the driver, 35-year-old Derek Fries, of Meriden, was charged with second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle and heroin possession.

Investigators were helped at the scene by several witnesses.

Fries was freed on $25,000 bond pending a June 7 court date. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.

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