Teen Accused of Striking, Killing Jogger Will Be Tried As An Adult

Although she is 16 years old, seriousness of charge requires she be prosecuted in state Superior Court.


NORWALK—A 16-year-old New Canaan girl accused of striking and killing a jogger while driving an SUV in March will be prosecuted as an adult. The charge against her of negligent homicide with a motor vehicle requires she be tried in state Superior Court, rather than Juvenile Court.

The accident occurred the morning of . An affidavit Norwalk Police prepared to obtain an arrest warrant for her alleges she was using her iPhone to look at the New Canaan High School website when she struck the jogger, 44-year-old Norwalk resident Kenneth Dorsey.

In the affidavit, Norwalk Sgt. David B. O’Connor says the girl’s iPhone was seized as evidence and given to a Wilton sergeant who is experienced in performing forensic analyses of cell phones and computer devices.

Norwalk Police received a 911 call reporting the accident at about 9:31:26 a.m., the affidavit says, and the Wilton sergeant allegedly found her iPhone was connecting to the high school website two seconds before that.  O’Connor wrote that in order for her iPhone to be contacting that site, she would have had to have the phone “in her hand and be pressing keys to enter data into the phone.”

She was also charged with using a mobile telephone or electronic device while driving and being under the age of 18, even if a “hands-free” accessory is available. (No one may send or receive text messages while driving.)

And she was charged with failure to drive in the proper lane.

Dorsey was unconscious but breathing when emergency personnel arrived at the scene, but later died at Norwalk Hospital. O’Connor says hospital records show he suffered head and spine injuries, and an autopsy found he died of blunt force trauma due to an auto accident.

She was arrested last Saturday by warrant at Norwalk Police headquarters and then released on a promise to appear in court.

In the affidavit, O’Connor includes accounts of the accident provided by two motorists, one of whom described seeing a body flying through the air.

A passenger in a car reported seeing a jogger running southbound on New Canaan Avenue, positioned between the curb and the white line that delineates the shoulder of the road from its travel portion.

She was driving a 2001 Toyota 4-Runner southbound when the accident occurred. A motorist who was driving behind her reportedly told police he saw the SUV “suddenly pull to the left back towards the travel portion of the roadway from the shoulder.” He then reportedly said he saw dust kicked up from the roadway shoulder and then saw Dorsey laying on the shoulder.

He reported parking behind the 4-Runner and finding its driver "crying and hysterical."

The 4-Runner was towed to police headquarters and examined by a Norwalk Department of Public Works mechanic. O’Connor wrote the mechanic found no apparent mechanical defects with the vehicle that could have caused the accident.

A person convicted of negligent homicide with a motor vehicle can receive a prison sentence of up to six months or be fined up to $1,000, or both.

She is scheduled to be arraigned in state Superior Court in Norwalk May 24.

NCMom May 24, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Oh Dee, i am almost literally feeling your pain right now, am crying. this is such a tragic event. Your loss is horrific. I hope you are surrounded by many who can emotionally support and comfort you. And perhaps even consider counseling or a grieiving group at some point when you;re ready and if you need more help. I know no words can soothe, but just know my heart goes out to you and all of Ken's friends/family. A comeptle tradegy all around. God bless.
M. May 25, 2012 at 12:59 AM
With absolute and all do respect for the deceased, I think it is important to recognize the fact that this girl didn't murder this man, she made the mistake which murdered him. This is another tragedy in the struggle against distracted driving, nobody here is a murderer and everyone involved is a victim. She made a mistake that few people can claim to never making. From the little I have read and heard about this sad accident, including her continuing to live life, I think she should receive the minimal punishment, maximum support, and most importantly she should be an example of the fact that every time somebody drives distracted there is potential for a life to be taken. I know nobody involved, but am deeply sorry for EVERYONE connected to this.
Alyson May 25, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Why isn't Kate Regan in prison????
John June 02, 2012 at 03:32 PM
NC resident June 25, 2012 at 12:21 PM
no many of us are responsible drivers. I would hope NC moms would teach teens to be more responsible when driving. NC resident


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