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Matthew T. Spirito. Courtesy Conn. State Police

Connecticut State Police have arrested a Massachusetts man they said struck two pedestrians in North Stonington last year, killing a 25-year-old Pawcatuck woman, in a hit-and-run crash.

The man, Matthew T. Spirito, 33, of Northborough, Mass., surrendered Thursday at Troop E in Montville and was charged with evading responsibility in a crash resulting in death, failure to maintain proper lane, and felony misconduct with a motor vehicle.

Spirito was held on a $100,000 bond and was expected to appear for arraignment Thursday in New London Superior Court.

The charges stem from a crash that occurred on Oct. 9, 2018, along Route 2 in North Stonington about a half mile north of the Route 184 rotary. According to a police report, Krystal Riske and her boyfriend, Kyle Orr, were walking along the westbound shoulder of the road around 7 p.m. when she was struck by a dark-colored SUV heading west and thrown off the side of the roadway.

Orr was also struck, the police said, but was not seriously injured.

Riske was unresponsive after the crash. She was flown by LifeStar helicopter to Backus Hospital in Norwich and was taken from there to Hartford Hospital,  where she died.

Riske, who was working at the time as a cashier at Stop & Shop in Pawcatuck, was a graduate of Ella T. Grasso Technical High School and had also completed her studies at Three Rivers Community College.

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