A Cape woman faces a long prison sentence after pleading guilty today to hitting and dragging another woman under her car on I-93, three miles from Kneeland Street in Chinatown to Columbia Road in Dorchester in 2016, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Xiao Ying Zhou, 47, of Sandwich, is scheduled for sentencing tomorrow, the DA's office reports.
Her victim, now, 51, survived but now walks only with a walker, needs help with basic activities such as dressing and bathing and can no longer grip objects with her right hand, according to the DA's office, which adds she also required extensive skin grafts to her face, torso and legs.
According to the DA's office:
Had the case proceeded to trial, Assistant District Attorney Robert Connelly of the DA’s Major Felony Bureau would have introduced evidence and testimony proving that Zhou was behind the wheel of a Toyota RAV4 in the early morning hours of Feb. 1, 2016, when she struck the victim and her husband as they crossed Kneeland Street in Chinatown. Connelly would have shown that Zhou did not stop and that the female victim was trapped beneath the vehicle as Zhou travelled south and made her way southbound on Route 93.