Witness in Canfield traffic death case claims victim said man now on trial was ‘best drunk driver’

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The long-awaited trial of a Canfield man accused of leaving his passenger after wrecking the car they were in began this week.

Michael Malvasi is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and OVI in connection with a crash back in November, 2017, that claimed the life of his passenger Ryan Lanzo.

Jury selection began Tuesday morning.

Authorities claim Malvasi left the scene of the wreck and walked home but never called for help for Lanzo.

Opening statements in the case were set for Wednesday.

Lawyers for both sides presented their opening statements Wednesday morning before calling witnesses.

At one point, a friend of the victim’s testified that, on the night Lanzo was killed, he turned down an offer to have an Uber driver take him home from a bar in Boardman, instead leaving with Malvasi, who he called “the best drunk driver I know.”

The trial is expected to last through the middle of next week. Testimony resumes Thursday.

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