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Police make arrest in fatal motorbike crash

August 24, 2012 2:19:22 PM PDT
A juvenile in California has been arrested on a manslaughter charge in the case of a 13-year-old boy who was killed while riding his motorbike on Connecticut trails more than four years ago, authorities said Friday.

Nicholas Parisot was killed after he struck a rope tied between two trees on June 13, 2008. An autopsy revealed Parisot died of neck trauma.

Wilton police said they arrested the juvenile Thursday in Placentia, Calif., with the assistance of detectives there. The juvenile, whose name was not released because of his age, had moved from Wilton to California with his family.

The youth has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, and the state will seek to extradite the youth to Connecticut to face the charge. Police say he's accused of being responsible for the boy's death.

"This past Monday, we sent detective Christopher Isidro to California and working with Placentia detectives, following up on some of the information they developed, and it has been fruitful and gave us enough information to obtain an arrest warrant for our suspect," Wilton Police Chief Michael Lombardo said at a news conference.

The victim's parents, Kate Throckmorton and Rick Parisot, thanked police for their work on the case and the community for its support.

"We'd like to thank the Wilton Police department, especially the detectives, for their unwavering focus and commitment on bringing this case to an arrest," the family said in a statement. "Their diligence and professionalism has been extraordinary and greatly appreciated. At the same time we express deep gratitude to the 'Stand up for Nick' group and the community for all their support."

In 2009, Parisot's parents filed a civil lawsuit against former Wilton residents Glenn and Barbara Knight and their son, who they alleged tied the rope Nicholas struck while riding his off-rode motorbike.

The lawsuit, filed in Stamford Superior Court, alleged the Knights' then-11-year-old son knew Parisot and other youths often road on the trails near his home and "decided to set a trap."

The lawsuit alleged the Knights' son and a friend tied a rope across the trail and waited for a biker to ride into the trap two days before Nicholas' death. When no riders passed by, the youths took down the rope and the Knight's son brought the rope back to his house, according to the lawsuit.

Knight returned to the trail on June 13, 2008, and tied the rope between two trees to block the trail, the lawsuit said. Knight removed a broken end of the rope from the scene, and gave false statements to police to try to hide what he had done, the Parisots alleged.

In a legal response to the lawsuit, the Knights' attorney Kevin Murphy denied the allegations and said Nicholas "failed to keep a proper lookout" and drove his motorbike too fast. A message was left Friday for Murphy.

The case is scheduled for jury selection this year.

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