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State trooper, pedestrian struck by SUV in Mansfield: Police

State police said the trooper was helping the pedestrian who struck a deer on Route 44.
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MANSFIELD, Conn. — A state trooper and a pedestrian are recovering from minor injuries after an SUV struck them in Mansfield, police said.

Around 11:45 p.m., the trooper and the pedestrian were stopped on Route 44 after the pedestrian struck a deer with their car and needed assistance. 

According to state police, 26-year-old Hope Herzog, of Columbia, was driving a Subaru Crosstrek at a high rate of speed southbound on Route 44. 

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The trooper and driver who were in the roadway at the time were struck by Herzog, according to police. Herzog then crashed into a state police cruiser, causing it to crash into another state police cruiser due to her speed, police said. 

Both cruisers were unoccupied at the time of the crash. 

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The state trooper and pedestrian were taken to Windham Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. 

State police said Herzog was driving while intoxicated when she crashed into the state trooper and pedestrian.

Herzog has been charged with reckless driving, operating a vehicle under the influence, driving with a handheld device, and second-degree assault with a motor vehicle.

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