Police: Maine woman confesses to hitting 3 pedestrians in NH

Three people suffer life-threatening injuries, after police say they were hit by a car Monday night. (WGME)

ROCHESTER, N.H (WGME) -- Three people suffer life-threatening injuries, after police say they were hit by a car Monday night.

Investigators in Rochester, New Hampshire say the driver left the scene.

Rochester Police say the three pedestrians had just gotten off at a bus stop and were crossing Rochester Hill Road when a car came up over a hill and hit all three of them.

People at the Hi Vu Motor Inn say with cars going 45 miles an hour or faster, this is a dangerous place for anyone to cross the road, especially at night.

Rochester Police say the three pedestrians had just gotten off a Coast Bus, and were crossing the road to go to the inn, when all three were hit by a car. Two of those hit were a young couple who lived 20 feet away. First responders found them lying in the road with severe injuries.

Captain Jason Thomas says witnesses gave a description of the car, and the blonde woman behind the wheel who drove off after the accident. Three hours later, he says the driver, a woman from South Berwick, Maine, came to the police station and confessed.

"A lady showed up in our lobby at about 11p.m. stating that she was the driver who hit the pedestrians and took off, and was now turning herself in," Thomas said. "So we responded to her residence in South Berwick and impounded the vehicle. There was a fair amount of damage for striking three pedestrians."

People at the motor inn say even at night, the driver had to have known she hit someone when she drove off.

CBS 13 tried to speak with the driver. She and her husband weren't home. We did speak with the executive director for Coast Bus. He says with cars moving at a high speed, that's a challenging location. He plans to take a look at this bus stop to see what can be done to make it safer.

At this point, the driver has not yet been charged. But police say she could face a number of charges including, what in New Hampshire is known as, Felony Conduct after an Accident.

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