The New Canaan woman accused of a town man with her and leaving the scene last summer now faces a $2.5 million from the deceased man's relatives, court documents show.
The family of Krishna Jayaraman, 84, filed its suit Feb. 23 against Kate Regan and her husband Michael Regan, according to papers filed in state Superior Court in Stamford.
In an affidavit that forms part of the law suit, the , also Krishna Jayaraman, said his father “was caused to experience great pain, suffering and emotional trauma,” before his death, and that the family has incurred medical, funeral and burial expenses as a result of the accident.
Jayaraman was struck and killed Aug. 18 as he collected mail outside his son’s home on Oenoke Ridge, where the elder Jayaraman and his wife also lived. Kate Regan has been with negligent homicide and evading responsibility in connection with the incident.
In the complaint, Kate and Michael Regan are both accused of negligence, and Kate Regan is also accused of commiting statutory recklessness and common law recklessness. Michael Regan is named as the owner of the his wife was driving at the time of the accident.
“Kate Regan knew she hit something while traveling on Oenoke Road (sic) in New Canaan on August 18, 2010, but failed to stop,” the victim’s son said in the affidavit attached to the filing. “Instead, she lied at least 3 times as to how the damage to their vehicle occurred.”
The chronology of events in Jayaraman's affidavit matches the one outlined in the that led to Regan’s in November — though it appears to run against the spirit of what Regan's criminal lawyer following her arraignment.
Both affidavits said that after the accident, Regan stopped at a Sunoco Station in Pound Ridge and told an employee there, Daniel Cruz, that her car had been damaged in a parking lot in New Canaan earlier in the day. She offered the same account to a representative from Geico, the Regan family’s insurance company, and to Sgt. Peter Condos, of the , when he contacted her as he conducted his investigation.
According to the papers, Kate Regan was speeding at the time of the impact. The filing says she was “speeding while she took her eyes off the road” to change a DVD and “veered to the far right of the roadway and without warning” struck Jayaraman with the front right side of the Infiniti, “violently throwing (Jayaraman) onto the ground” before driving over him “with the rear tires of her vehicle.”
Regan “did not stop to render assistance,” the document says, leaving Jayaraman “severely injured in his driveway.”
The accident took place at approximately 4:30 p.m. on a clear summer day. According to the affidavit filed with the lawsuit, Jayaraman was pronounced dead at 6:15 p.m. at .
In the affidavit, Jayaraman said the event, which has New Canaan residents, has been devastating to his entire family.
“I have lost my father, and my children have lost their grandfather, with whom we were all very close with as he lived in the cottage on my property with my mother,” Jayaraman said. “My mother lost her life time spouse and caregiver.”
According to the filing, on the day of the accident the Regans were covered by two insurance policies. They held a liability policy from Geico Insurance Co. in the amount of $250,000 and an Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Policy from Chubb Insurance, with $300,000 coverage.
As a result of the filing, the Regans’ assets, including their home in New Canaan, and all bank, stock and brokerage accounts have been frozen. According to town tax records, the home at 383 Michigan Road was by Michael and Kate Regan for $1.6 million on Sept. 17, 2010.