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Bristol hit-and-run suspect faced judge on Friday

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Two people were seriously injured after hit-and-run crash on Pine Street in Bristol. (WFSB) Two people were seriously injured after hit-and-run crash on Pine Street in Bristol. (WFSB)

The 20-year-old man arrested in connection with a hit-and-run crash in Bristol where two people were seriously injured faced a judge on Friday morning. 

Pine Street was closed for several hours after two people were hit crossing the road near the intersection of Mitchell Street around 6:15 p.m. The pedestrians were hit near the Dunkin' Donuts on Pine Street. 

"They were both lying in the middle of the road," said Brian Borry, an eyewitness. 

Borry was inside of the Dunkin' Donuts less than 50 yards away from the scene of the crash when it happened. 

"When I heard that it was a hit and run I just got angry," Borry said. 

Borry is especially emotional because he said the two victims are good friends of his. He said they are a married couple in their 20s or 30s and that the wife had been using a wheelchair because of a recent foot operation. 

"We just said goodbye, they were going home to watch a movie and they left,"Borry said. "I turned around and walked inside and the next thing I know, my friend Rich comes in and tells me somebody has just been hit."

Borry said his friend was walking and not in the wheelchair at the time of the crash because she was trying to strengthen her leg. 

"I just want to tell them that I'm praying for them and that they make a quick and speedy recovery," Borry said. 

Both victims were taken to a hospital in Hartford where police said they are in stable condition.

Police are not releasing the names and ages of pedestrians until family has been notified.

Eyewitnesses supplied information to police and broadcasted to area departments. The 2003 Chevy Trailblazer was located on East Main Street in Plainville and officers arrested Bristol resident Jesse Lopez.

Lopez was charged with one count with evading responsibility, operating without a license, interfering with police as well as two counts of failure to use care to avoid a pedestrian.

Pine Street reopened around 11:30 p.m.

The crash remains under investigation by the Bristol Police Traffic Division's START Unit.

Lopez was arraigned in Bristol Superior Court on Friday. His case was continued to Dec. 11 and his bond was set at $25,000.

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