Tragic irony in FDR motorcycle death — dad died in similar crash six years ago

Father-and-son motorcyclists died six years apart in the same way — when their bikes were struck by motorists who shouldn’t have been on the road.

Moises Larriu, 20, a college student from Connecticut, died early Sunday riding his 2012 Yamaha on the FDR Drive a pack with of other motorcyclists.

Larriu lost control of his bike and fell to the roadway near Clinton St. on the Lower East Side, police said.

Then he was struck by a 2008 Infiniti with an unlicensed driver at the wheel, and suffered fatal trauma to his head and body.

Larriu’s tragic death was similar to that of his dad, who was also named Moises Larriu. The elder Larriu died at age 50 in 2013 when a drunken driver slammed into a moped he was riding on a Connecticut roadway.

The younger Larriu rode his motorcycle to keep up an emotion connection with his father, his sisters told the Daily News Monday.

“That was his way to keep close to him,” said Sabrina Lopez.

Larriu’s father introduced her brother to the world of miniature motorcycles at age 3. “It was their bond,” Lopez said.

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Lopez said her brother was the “golden child” in the family and studied last year at the University of Connecticut before transferring to a local community college to study marine biology.

“He was a straight-A student and he loved mixed martial arts and boxing,” said another sister, Kristina Lopez, 28,. “My dad would teach him bike safety. I think he died doing what he loved.”

Kristina Lopez became Larriu’s guardian after his father’s death.

“I’m in shock and awe. I never expected this,” said Martin Minnella, the family’s lawyer. "It’s one tragedy after another. It’s unfortunate people are driving around with no license ... There is a lot of irony involved.”

Larriu’s mother, Vivian, died of breast cancer two years before his father died, the lawyer said.

The elder Larriu died on Oct. 21, 2013 when Ryan Scalise — who according to reports was served 15 beers in 2 1/2 hours at a Connecticut bar — slammed his SUV into Larriu’s moped on Route 10 in Cheshire, Conn. Scalise was sentenced to five years behind bars.

The younger Larriu was 15 when Scalise was sentenced. He was given a chance to tell the judge how he felt about his father’s death — but he could barely start talking before his emotions got the better of him, according to a report in the Waterbury Republican-American.

“Waking up,” he said softly, before his voice trailed off in anger. Unable to say more, he headed into another room, where he was spotted punching a wall and screaming, the paper said.

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