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Woman Accused of Intentionally Hitting, Injuring Pedestrian in Southington: PD

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Southington Police are investigating after a woman allegedly struck a pedestrian on purpose, causing serious injuries.

Connecticut State Police and Southington Police responded to the West Street Interstate 84 overpass around 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

They said 57-year-old Diane Skwiot, of Southington, was driving on an overpass when she allegedly struck a man who was walking on the sidewalk.

The man was thrown onto the highway and sustained serious injuries, authorities said. He was transported to a nearby hospital where was treated in the ICU and was listed in critical condition.

On Friday morning, police said he sustained a moderate brain injury and is expected to survive.

Police said Skwiot got out of her car and stood outside briefly before walking away. Officers found her a short distance away near the I-84 westbound off-ramp, they said.

She was taken into custody and was transported to a nearby hospital to be evaluated.

Police said she remains hospitalized Friday morning and they expect to arrest here via a warrant. They said Skwiot faces charges including first degree assault with additional charges pending.

Authorities said this began as a domestic incident.

Update: Skwiot has been released from the hospital and is being brought to the Southington Police Department for processing.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Skwiot accusing her of first-degree assault. Her bond is set at $450,000.

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