UPDATED: Two killed, one arrested after car strikes elderly pedestrians in Mystic

March 10, 2019

Mystic — Stonington police have arrested a Groton woman who they say struck and killed two elderly pedestrians with her car while they crossed Route 27 after leaving Latitude 41 Restaurant Saturday night.

Carol M. Belli, 73, of 4 Oak St., Groton, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. She was transported to Stonington police headquarters Saturday before being released on a $600 non-surety bond. She is due in New London Superior Court March 20.

Polie said they will release the names of the two victims, an 88-year-old man and a 78-year-old woman from Stonington, on Monday.

Both were pronounced dead after being transported to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital Saturday night.

Police said Belli was  driving her 2010 Ford Fusion north on Route 27 about 8:07 p.m. when the two victims were crossing from the west side of the street to the east when they were struck in the northbound lane at the intersection of Rossie Pentway.

Stonington police, Mystic Fire Department, Mystic River Ambulance and L+M Paramedics responded. Stonington Ambulance and Groton Town Police were called for mutual aid. The Regional Accident Reconstruction Team, consisting of members from the Ledyard and Stonington police departments, as well as the Stonington Patrol Division, are investigating.

Stonington Police Capt. Todd Olson said Sunday that police will be looking into numerous factors that were involved in the incident as part of its investigation. He said there could be additional charges.  

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Stonington police at (860) 599-4411.