Police booking photo of Ryan Scalise, 31, of Middltown, accused of vehicular manslaughter, while under the influence. | Cheshire Police Department

Southington man riding scooter dies in accident

CHESHIRE — A 50-year-old Southington man died the night of Oct. 20 after the motor scooter he was riding was hit by a sport utility vehicle on Route 10.

Moises Larriu was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 10:30 p.m. He was struck on Route 10 near the entrance to Interstate 691, said police spokesman James Fasano.

The driver of the vehicle that struck him, Ryan M. Scalise, 31, of 148 Dove Lane, Middletown, was charged with second-degree manslaughter, driving under the influence, interfering with an officer and failure to grant right of way.

Scalise was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court Oct. 21. His bond was set at $25,000 and he was ordered by Judge Philip Scarpellino not to drive until his next court appearance on Nov. 4.

“This is a good lesson for anybody; this is a person who allegedly drove a car intoxicated and hit a person,” Scarpellino said. “Everybody’s worst nightmare has happened.”

Scalise was released after posting bail.

The family declined comment outside the courthouse.

Larriu and several other workers from Bozzuto’s were heading north on Highland Avenue after work, according to the police report.

Witnesses told police the SUV turned left onto the I-691 eastbound ramp, striking Larriu and a car driven by Lourdes Ortiz, 53.

Larriu was thrown from the scooter, Fasano said. No other injuries were reported.

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