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MYSTIC — A Groton woman is facing a charge of driving under the influence after police said she struck and killed a man and a woman who were crossing Greenmanville Avenue near Rossie Pentway Saturday evening.

Stonington police and members of the Mystic Fire Department, Mystic River Ambulance and Lawrence-Memorial Hospital paramedics were called to Route 27 in the area of Latitude 41 restaurant around 8:10 p.m. for reports of two pedestrians struck. Stonington Ambulance and Town of Groton police were also advised and provided mutual aid, police said in a press release.

“Upon arrival, it was found that two pedestrians were struck at the intersection by a vehicle traveling northbound,” Stonington Police Capt. Todd Olson said in a press release. “The vehicle was operated by a lone female who remained on scene after the accident.”

Olson said the victims, an 88-year-old male and 78-year-old female, were taken by ambulance to L+M Hospital in New London, where they were each pronounced dead. Police said the names of the victims would be released Monday pending notification of next of kin.

According to a preliminary investigation, the two were crossing toward the parking lot from the western side of Route 27 when the driver, 73-year-old Carol M. Belli, struck them while they were in the northbound lane. Belli pulled over immediately following the crash, officials said.

The incident remains under investigation through the Regional Accident Reconstruction Team, which consists of members of Ledyard and Stonington police departments, police said.

Belli was charged with DUI and later released after posting a $600 bond, police said. She could face additional charges pending the outcome of the investigation.

jvallee@thewesterlysun.com

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