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Quaker Hill man charged with striking pedestrians outside Electric Boat in March

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New London — A Quaker Hill man has been charged with striking two pedestrians outside of Electric Boat's Pequot Avenue office in New London in March, police said.

Douglas Bennett, 57, of 64 Scotch Cap Road, was charged on June 11 with second-degree assault with a motor vehicle, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, reckless driving and failure to drive right, according to the New London Police Department.

He was arrested nearly three months after allegedly striking the man and woman, who was critically injured, about 12:07 p.m. on March 4.

Captain Brian Wright of the New London Police Department said the investigation was active during those months, as officials worked to reconstruct the crash and assess the vehicle Bennett was driving. A warrant for Bennett's arrest was issued on June 10 and he was arrested the next day, Wright said.

On March 4, police responded to the roundabout near Electric Boat's entrance and found a man laying on the sidewalk and a woman laying in a dirt area. They were both taken to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital where the woman was listed in critical condition, police said. The woman survived but the extent of her injuries was unknown, officials said.

Bennett was in his vehicle, alert and talking, when emergency personnel arrived to the scene the day of the crash. New London Police Chief Peter Reichard said in March that Bennett was cooperating with the investigation.

Bennett was released on a $2,500 cash surety bond and is scheduled to be arraigned in court in New London on Aug. 13, according to court records.

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