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Woman arrested for drunk driving after two pedestrians were struck

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A woman was arrested by Hartford police for allegedly being drunk when she struck two pedestrians Monday night.

Tonya Verdejo, 41, of East Hartford, was charged with driving under the influence and two counts of second-degree assault.

Police said the victims were crossing Albany Avenue around 8:30 p.m. when they were struck by Verdejo's vehicle.

Investigators said Verdejo was out celebrating her sister's birthday when at some point during the celebration she drove down Albany Avenue with her sister in the car.

Verdejo then fled the scene after it happened, according to investigators.

Police later found the vehicle parked near Homestead Avenue.

They also found Verdejo, whom they said failed several field sobriety tests. She was taken into custody. 

Her sister reportedly got out of the car to see what happened, but police said Verdejo took off.

Police said the victims were transported to the hospital by an ambulance and treated for serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. They both have broken legs.

Verdejo appeared in court on Tuesday and is expected to appear again on Oct. 30.

This is the second hit-and-run incident in Hartford in the last few weeks.

Last month, a 60-year-old woman was hit on Garden Street and died from her injuries a few days later.

Police are still looking for the driver in that case.

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