Connecticut State Police

Police Make Arrest in Connection With 2018 Crash That Killed Pedestrian in North Stonington

State police have made an arrest in connection with a hit-and-run crash in North Stonington last year that killed a 26-year-old Pawcatuck woman.

Matthew Spirito, 32, of Milford, New Hampshire, turned himself in to state police in Connecticut around 5 a.m. on Thursday in connection with a crash on Oct. 9, 2018 that killed 26-year-old Krystal Riske, 26, of Pawcatuck.

Police said she was struck when a vehicle on Route 2 near the rotary with Route 184 went off the road shortly before 7 p.m. Riske sustained a fractured skull, had facial bones shattered, a swollen brain which lacked oxygen and fractures down her spine and was in critical condition.

She was flown to Hartford Hospital in critical condition and died the next day.

Police said the suspect vehicle fled the scene.

Spirito has been charged with misconduct with a motor vehicle, evasion of a responsibility of a motor vehicle-death and failure to drive in established lane.

He was held on $100,000 bond and will appear in court in New London today.

Riske was a graduate of Grasso Technical High School. She took classes at Three Rivers Community College and was currently employed at Petro Gas, formerly known as Spicer Marketplace.

Her family described her as a big personality, someone who was fiercely loyal and could make them laugh. She loved to sing and dance.

“She had a heart of gold. She’d help anybody out,” Krystal's mom, Rhandi Riske, said in a prior interview.

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