Vigil held for fundraising event director killed by traffic accident

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. -- The Fishhawk community is mourning the loss of an influential member. Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies said two vehicles hit and killed Chris Scigliano Saturday evening.

Scigliano organized a memorial carnival for Deputy Larry Morrell, who died after battling cancer in June of 2017. Scigliano was killed while directing traffic at that event.

"He was a beautiful soul," Wilbert Caraballo said.

People who knew Scigliano best, and those who only knew of him, talk about the way he helped others.

"He always done more for people than him, he was willing to help anyone else besides himself sometimes," Caraballo said.

Scigliano was trying to direct vehicles into the memorial carnival on Lithia Pinecrest Road when a truck, then SUV, hit him.

"It's just terrible, I can't I mean for him to be involved as he was in an event that was honoring a sheriff's officer and for him to have this happen to him at that event is just terrible," Scott Spitzer said.

Scigliano brought grilling tips for the Fourth of July to ABC Action News through his beloved restaurant, Wayback Burgers.

"He gave me opportunity here to be able to provide for my family, my four children that he always looked forward for me helpin them and things like that whatever I needed he was willing to give to me," assistant manager Caraballo said.

Sheriff's deputies said they're still investigating the accident but the road was dark and neither driver was speeding. Scigliano was known for his involvement in the community, especially with his three kids.

"That was him, he loved seeing other people happy he loved being able to help anyone who needed to be helped," Caraballo said.

On Wednesday, hundreds gathered at a vigil to support Scigliano's wife and three kids.

"We know that Chris loved this community, loved his family. For him to die doing what he loved so much is confusing and heartbreaking, " said Melani Brockmeier Jordy, a friend of Scigliano. "I hope it gave them (his family) a sense of peace knowing Chris made a huge impact on this community and that there was a large loss."

To help support the Scigliano family, visit: https://operationlotus.wixsite.com/website/scigliano-family

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