Southington PD: Woman who intentionally struck pedestrian arrested on assault charge

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SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Police said a woman who intentionally drove her vehicle into the opposite lane and struck a pedestrian on the West Street, I-84 overpass Thursday afternoon was arrested Friday.

57-year-old Diane Skwiot of Southington has been charged with assault in the first degree. Her bond is set at $450,000.

At around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Southington Police received a call from a witness reporting a car struck a pedestrian on the overpass.

Based on witness accounts, officers on scene determined Skwiot was traveling north on West Street on the east side of the bridge, then intentionally drove her vehicle into the southbound lane onto the west side of the bridge and struck the victim who was walking on the sidewalk on the west side.

Police said the pedestrian was thrown into the roadway and sustained serious injuries. He was brought to the hospital where he was being treated in the intensive care unit and is listed in critical condition, according to police. As of the last report, the victim sustained a moderate brain injury but is expected to survive, police said.

After colliding with the pedestrian, witnesses told police Skwiot got out of her vehicle and stood near it for a short time before walking away. Police said she was located by officers near the I-84 westbound off-ramp.

Police said Skwiot was taken into custody and brought to an area hospital where she was evaluated. She was arrested upon her release from the hospital.

Police are considering this incident a domestic-related motor vehicle collision. Police said the driver and pedestrian know each other, but have not yet said how.

The bridge was closed for a few hours Thursday while police investigated the scene.

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