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Woman charged with DUI in fatal hit-and-run on I-91

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Katell Gunning was charged with driving under the influence in a crash on Interstate 91 that left a 46-year-old man dead. (CT State Police) Katell Gunning was charged with driving under the influence in a crash on Interstate 91 that left a 46-year-old man dead. (CT State Police)
WINDSOR LOCKS, CT (WFSB/AP) -

A Newington woman charged with driving under the influence after a crash on Interstate 91 that left a 46-year-old man dead faced a judge on Monday afternoon.

Katell Gunning, 34, faces charges including operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs in the Saturday crash that killed Kevin Dutra, of Colchester, in Windsor Locks.

Police say Gunning rear-ended the vehicle driven by Dutra on I-91 northbound, causing him to lose control of his car, swerve across the roadway and hit a metal guardrail.

Dutra's vehicle turned over and caused fatal injuries.

During Gunning's arraignment on Monday, the state's attorney said Gunning was "addicted to painkillers."

"Around 730 a.m., I got back to my mom's house...in Newington. I did a few lines of cocaine and snorted two bags of heroin...I left the accident scene because I was scared and nervous," the police report stated. 

"Police describe her behavior following the crash. Lip smacking, jittery, almost falling asleep when talking to her," the state's attorney said in court on Monday.

Trooper Kelly Grant says more charges are pending against Gunning. 

"Her sister was murdered last year and found on the side of the road in Colchester," Gunning's public defender said. "They have not solved that and the family has had some difficulties over the last several years."

Following the arraignment, Gunning remained in jail. She will be back in Court on Oct. 31. 

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with any information about the crash is asked to call state police. 

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