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STONINGTON — Police have charged a Groton woman with two counts of negligent homicide for her role in a March crash in Mystic that killed a Stonington couple.

The woman, Carol M. Belli, 73, turned herself in to Stonington officers at 5 p.m. Wednesday after she was notified that the department had obtained an arrest warrant. She was released after posting a $25,000 bond and will appear for arraignment Oct. 18 in New London Superior Court.

The arrest marks the end of a lengthy investigation into the March 9 crash on Greenmanville Avenue. According to the police, Seth Wakeman, 88, and his wife, Joanna, 78, both of Montauk Avenue, suffered fatal injuries when they were struck by Belli around 8 p.m. as she was driving north near the intersection of Rossie Pentway.

According to a police report, the couple had just finished dinner at Latitude 41 Restaurant around 8 p.m. Saturday and were in a crosswalk walking back to their car when the crash occurred. Both were taken by ambulance to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London, where they were pronounced dead.

Belli stayed at the scene after the crash, according to police reports, and was charged with driving under the influence after she failed a field sobriety test. She was booked and was released later that night after posting a $600 bond.

According to Connecticut judicial records, Belli has pleaded not guilty to the DUI charge. The case is currently in the pretrial phase and remains active within the court system, records show.

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