GRISWOLD, Conn. (WTNH) — A 50-year-old woman has died from her injuries after Connecticut State Police said she was struck by a vehicle on Friday night in Griswold.
Troopers responded to a crash on North Main Street near Green Avenue in Jewett City around 8 p.m.
The woman, identified as 50-year-old Kandi Fortuna, was transported to Backus Hospital in Norwich for treatment of injuries, where state police said she died from her injuries.
Troopers were then able to identify a suspect vehicle as a dark-colored Subaru WRX between the years 2015 and 2021 with damage to the front passenger side.
The Stonington police then observed a car matching the suspect’s car description driving erratically around 9:38 p.m. Police were able to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle and observed that the driver, identified as 34-year-old Curt Allen Rivard or Norwich, had slurred speech and had “an odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from him.”
Rivard was arrested and is facing charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol and evasion of responsibility resulting in death.
The Eastern District Major Crime Squad and Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Squad along with state police, continue to investigate the deadly crash. Anyone with any information is asked to call state police at 860-848-6540.
Main Street was closed for about four hours during the investigation, state police said. The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) said Route 12 Southbound in Griswold was closed in both directions at Green Avenue because of the crash.