West Haven Woman Accused In Drunken Hit-And-Run In Durham Court

On Monday, a West Haven woman, accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and striking a pedestrian who was coming home from the Durham Fair, appeared in court and is scheduled to lose her license later this week, according to the officials.

State police said that 53-year-old Deborah Conradi is facing several charges in which driving under the influence and assault are included, after she struck 24-year-old Julia Rorke, of Guilford, at the intersection of Routes 17 and 79 in Durham at about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.

When Conradi’s car struck her, Rorke was walking southbound on Route 17. The impact of the collision threw Rorke about 30 feet into the woods.

She was rushed to Middlesex Hospital by ambulance and then airlifted to Hartford Hospital for treatment due to the serious nature of injuries. According to the Rorke’s family, she sustained serious injuries in which head trauma is also included, but in home recovering.

Police said Conradi continued driving after the accident. Other drivers intervened and forced her to stop almost a mile and a half from the accident spot.

Officials said on Monday that Conradi has no criminal record, but her driving record is so poor that she is scheduled to lose her license. Conradi has been previously charged with motor vehicle infractions and has already gone through driver retraining.

She has been ordered not to drive a motor vehicle after posting bail due to her poor driving record and for safety purposes.

For the accident she caused, state police charged Conradi with driving under the influence of alcohol, assault, evading responsibility and failure to maintain a lane.

On 3rd of November, she is due back in court for the charges and is being represented by a public defender.

News Source: www.NBCConnecticut.com/

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