Suspect in Hit-and-Run Was Drinking at Casino: AP

One victim's leg was amputated, according to the Associated Press.

A woman accused of hitting and injuring two pedestrian, then fleeing from the scene in Norwich on Friday told police she was gambling and drinking at Foxwoods Resort Casino before the crash, according to the Associated Press.

Amalia Rivera, 36, of Norwich, was charged with assault in the second degree, evading responsibility and failure to drive right.

The Day of New London and The Bulletin report that Rivera was arraigned on Monday in Norwich Superior Court.

Judge Kevin McMahon called the incident "gruesome."

Rivera is accused of slamming her car into the back of another vehicle in the area of 380 Hamilton Ave. on Friday, pinning a 20-year-old woman between the cars.

Rivera believed she had hit a dog, but because it was dark she continued home, police said.

A 21-year-old man was also struck and Rivera is also accused of striking a parked car.

Both victims were transported to William Backus Hospital, police said. One of the pedestrians' leg had to be amputated, according to the AP.

Witnesses described the car as a dark colored, four-door sedan with heavy front end damage that fled north on Hamilton Avenue toward Preston. 

At 10:20 p.m., Norwich police found a black 1999 Chrysler 300, and the registered owner on Donahue Drive in Norwich. Rivera is the register owner of that vehicle.

She was released on $70,000 bond.

A phone number could not be found for Rivera and it was not known if she's represented by a lawyer.

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