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Southington Police charge woman with intentionally hitting pedestrian, say it's domestic-related

Police said the victim is expected to survive after suffering a 'moderate brain injury'
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SOUTHINGTON, Conn. — A Southington woman is expected to face several charges after police said she struck a victim on an I-84 overpass Thursday afternoon. Police said the collision was "domestic violence-related".

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Officials said the department received a 911 call around 3:30 p.m. from a witness who reported a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on the West St. overpass.

Witnesses told officers responding to the scene that a woman driving a 2014 Dodge Avenger was traveling on the east side of the bridge before she intentionally drove her vehicle onto the west side of the bridge, striking the victim walking on the sidewalk.  

Police identified the woman as 57-year-old Diane Skwiot, of Southington.

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The victim was thrown into the roadway, sustaining serious injuries, officials said. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. Police said Friday morning that the victim sustained a moderate brain injury but is now expected to survive. 

After the collision, witnesses reported Skwiot exited her vehicle and stood near it for a short amount of time before walking away, according to a release.

Police said they located her a short distance away near the I-84 westbound off-ramp.

Skwiot was arrested and transported to the hospital for evaluation.

Police are expected to serve Skwiot with an arrest warrant, charging her with assault in the first degree with other charges pending.

The bridge is expected to remain closed for at least the next two hours for the investigation. 

RELATED: Route 15 South in Woodbridge closed after pedestrian was struck by a vehicle

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