STONINGTON, CT (WFSB) – Police in Stonington identified the two victims of a pedestrian crash that happened over the weekend.

Police said 78-year-old Joanna Wakeman and 88-year-old Seth Wakeman, both of Stonington, were killed when a vehicle driven by 73-year-old Carol Belli of Groton struck them.

Belli was arrested for DUI.

According to police, Belli struck the two pedestrians while they were crossing the intersection of Route 27 and Rossie Pentway.

They had just left the Latitude Restaurant around 8 p.m. Saturday night when they were struck by the car.

“I remember hearing the sirens Saturday night, I remember saying 'wow something really big is happening in Mystic'," said former Quiambaug Fire District President Jack Garbarino.

He would then learn the emergency call was for his long time friend, Seth Wakeman and his wife.

Seth was a retired banker and was in the fire department for years, and he and his wife were involved in the Rotary Club.

Both victims were transported to the Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London where they were pronounced dead.

According to the medical examiner, both victims died of "blunt impact injuries," and their deaths were ruled an accident.

It is unclear at this time if the couple was in a crosswalk when they were hit.

Belli was released on a $600 non-surety bond. She is due in court March 20.

The incident remains under investigation.

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Bob Lockery

This is NOT a pedestrian friendly state! Drivers do NOT pay attention! My sister was killed 11 years ago next week while crossing Main Street in East Hartford on her way to catch the bus for work. This happened at the intersection of Main and Orchard Streets. There used to be a traffic control signal there, and CT DOT took it down, according to them, at the request of the Town of East Hartford. And on a related issue, WHY was the the driver in this double fatality released on a $600 bond? She had to pay sixty bucks so she could go home to live another day. The people she killed, not so much.

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