Southington woman accused of intentionally hitting man with vehicle on I-84 to be arraigned later this month

Published on Monday, 6 December 2021 16:43


SOUTHINGTON -- A Southington woman is expected to be arraigned later this month after police say she intentionally struck a man with a vehicle in October, leaving him with brain damage.

Diane Skwiot, 57, was expected to answer to a felony charge last week in New Britain Superior Court following her arrest on Oct. 7. According to judicial records, her arraignment before a Part A judge -- who handles the most serious matters in the area -- is now scheduled for Dec. 28.

Skwiot is being held on $450,000 bond while her case, which has been considered domestic violence, is pending.

Driving a 2014 Dodge Avenger north on West Street, on the east side of the I-84 overpass, Skwiot, as she approached the north end of the bridge, crossed into the southbound lane, on the west side of the bridge, and struck the victim as he was walking on the sidewalk around 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 7, police said. Police called the act intentional.

The victim was thrown into the road as a result of the collision, sustaining serious injuries. Police said the victim initially was in the Intensive Care Unit in an area hospital, in critical condition. They later said he was expected to survive, having suffered a “moderate brain injury.”

Witnesses, according to police, said Skwiot then got out of her vehicle, stood by it briefly, and then walked away from the area. She was located near the I-84 westbound off ramp shortly after the incident.

Skwiot faces one felony count of first-degree assault. She has not entered a plea.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Monday, 6 December 2021 16:43. Updated: Monday, 6 December 2021 16:45.