New Canaan Teen Driver Charged in SUV Homicide

Norwalk man, who was jogging along New Canaan Ave., died after he was transported to the hospital.

Editor's note: For an update of this story, please see "

A 16-year-old New Canaan girl was arrested by warrant Saturday, accused of striking a jogger with her SUV in March that resulted in fatal injuries.

The girl, who authorities can't identify because of her age, was charged with negligent homicide with a motor vehicle, use of a handheld telephone by someone under 18 years old, and failure to drive in the proper lane.

She came to police headquarters after being told officers had obtained a warrant for her arrest.

She will be prosecuted in Juvenile Court in Bridgeport, which is not open to the public. Her first court appearance is scheduled for May 24.

The man killed, 44-year-old Norwalk resident Kenneth Dorsey, was struck from behind on March 24  at about 9:30 a.m. while he was jogging along the roadside in the area of 229 New Canaan Ave. He was alive but unconscious when emergency personnel arrived. He later died in Norwalk Hospital.

A police news release issued Monday says his cause of death is still undetermined.

At the time of the accident, police said the driver had obtained her license about three and half months earlier.

She was driving a Toyota 4-Runner on New Canaan Avenue when Dorsey was struck. She remained at the scene following the accident.

Under Connecticut motor vehicle laws, it is illegal for someone under the age of 18 to use a handheld phone while driving, even if a hands-free accessory is available.

Negligent homicide with a motor vehicle is punishable with a fine of $1,000 or up to six months in prison, or both.

Editor's note: This article originally was published by Norwalk Patch.

Cath May 14, 2012 at 09:06 PM
I really feel for both families involved as this shouldn't have had to happen. I see teenagers driving well over the speed limit all over town, texting, etc. I just wish there was some way to teach our children how fragile life really is. It can be gone in an instant from such a stupid mistake.
Karen May 14, 2012 at 10:08 PM
WOW a $1,000 fine . . . that should help the grieving family have some closure. She KILLED someone! Am I the only one who sees something wrong with this picture?
O.J May 15, 2012 at 06:01 PM
I for one don't really care how sorry she and her family are. All of this could've been prevented by doing something so simple, which apparently, is extremely difficult for most people to do while driving. Pay attention to what you are doing when you drive !! The only thing that matters when you are driving is what's around you and where you are headed. If you can't do that, you should not be in the driver's seat. If you're lost, pull over to a parking lot; if you have kids that are being unruly, pull over to a safe place; if you need to make a phone call, pull over!! That's just pure common sense.


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