On Sept. 29, a Connecticut woman was arraigned for charges that stemmed from an alleged hit-and-run accident outside Durham Fair. The 53-year-old woman was charged for second-degree assault with a motor vehicle, evading responsibility, failure to stay in the proper lane, failure to display lights and drunk driving. The accident resulted in a 24-year-old female pedestrian suffering injuries.
While driving a Hyundai Elantra on Sept. 27, the accused woman reportedly struck a pedestrian while going southbound on Route 17. After continuing down the road for a mile and a half, the driver was stopped when other drivers managed to box her in. The woman reportedly told police that she believed she had struck a rock, and she cried when she learned she was told that she had hit a woman.
The accused driver allegedly failed a field sobriety test she was given at the scene and apparently admitted to drinking two beers before getting behind the wheel. She also explained to police officers that she was reportedly taking anti-depressants and blood pressure medication. The woman was taken into police custody and released on $25,000 bond after her arraignment. She has been scheduled to appear back in court on Nov. 3 to face her charges.
In similar cases, a person who is convicted of such charges might face a number of different penalties. However, an attorney who is familiar with criminal defense strategies could help a defendant argue against the charges. Depending on the information available in police reports and witness statements, the attorney might be able to have the charges dropped or have penalties mitigated during a trial.
Source: Hartford Courant, "Woman In Durham Fair Hit-And-Run Appears In Court", David Moran , September 29, 2014