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Woman Under Influence Charged After Two Fatally Struck While Crossing Road, Police Say

Two people were killed by an alleged drunk driver while attempting to cross a roadway.
Two people were killed by an alleged drunk driver while attempting to cross a roadway. Photo Credit: Google Maps street view

A woman allegedly driving under the influence struck and killed two people while they were crossing a busy Connecticut roadway.

Stonington Police said the fatal incident took place around 8:07 p.m., Saturday, March 9, at the intersection of Route 27 and Rossie Pentway in Stonington, when a vehicle driven by Carol Belli, 73, of Groton, struck and killed two people attempting to cross the roadway, said Capt. Todd Olson.

When officers arrived on the scene they found the two pedestrians, identified as Joanna Wakeman, 78, and Seth Wakeman, 88, both of Stonington, had been struck at the intersection by Belli's vehicle which was traveling northbound.

Belli stayed at the scene, and was later arrested for DUI and taken into custody, Olson said.

Both pedestrians were transported to the Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London, where they were pronounced dead.

Belli was released on $600 surety bond and is scheduled to appear in court on March 20.

The accident investigation continues and additional charges could be pending.

The Regional Accident Reconstruction Team consisting of members of Ledyard and Stonington Police Departments, along with Stonington Patrol Division are continuing to investigate this accident.

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