Fatal Hit and Run Investigation Could Take "Months or Years"

Evidence from SUV sent to lab. No quick answers expected.

The investigation into the hit and run accident that killed 82-year-old New Canaan resident Jayaraman Krishna on Aug. 18 could "take months or years," according to New Canaan Police Department Capt. Leon Krolikowski.

The Connecticut State Police Major Crime unit sent 10 investigators as well as some evidence technicians to aid New Canaan police officers as they searched the 2008 Infiniti QX56 on Monday afternoon, Krolikowski said.

"We have no update now," he said. "It can take months or years for information to come back from the lab." 

Krolikowski said the lab prioritizes cases according to severity, with homicides and rapes taking precedence. "This may take a little bit of time," he said.

"We are going to be thorough," he said. "We want to have a complete picture of what occurred. We don't rush investigations and come to quick conclusions." 

Krolikowski said after the department's investigation is complete, New Canaan police will confer with the state's attorney to see if charges are applicable.

Police have identified the suspect as a 32-year-old New Canaan woman but released no other information.

"It really doesn't matter whether or not the suspect or victim lives in town," Krolikowski said. "We would be as thorough as we are being. We are sensitive to needs of our citizens, but in an investigation like this it's not a factor if the suspect or victim lives in town."

Krishna was hit and killed as he stood by the mailbox at his son's home on Oenoke Ridge.

"Three 911 calls came in,"  New Canaan police Sgt. Carol Ogrinc said. "Two went to Pound Ridge.  One to us."

Ogrinc said it's possible more calls were made that didn't go through because of spotty cell coverage in the area.  

A spokesman for New York State Troopers, who handle dispatch for Pound Ridge, N.Y., said they have turned over all materials related to this case to New Canaan Police.

Police have not yet begun interviewing, another process that could take "a few to several weeks," Ogrinc said.

"We've identified the driver. We have the vehicle," said Ogrinc. There's no rush to make an arrest."

The Krishna family was not immediately available for comment.

KS August 30, 2010 at 09:02 PM
No one is gossiping or questioning what happened to cyclist, sounds like an accident by the cyclist coupled with a medical problem. The public deserves to know who the woman who killed Mr Krishna is. That's not gossip it's fact.
Eugenie Diserio August 31, 2010 at 12:03 PM
I recall an incident about a year ago in Brewster, NY where a Guatalmalan man who worked for a large horsefarm plowed his pickup truck into a mother and her daughter going to an afternoon ballet class. They were both killed at the scene, he was legally drunk and an "illegal" and the truck he was driving was registered to a prominant horse trainer who employed him. She claimed he did not have her permission to use the vehicle, yet her name was immediately plastered all over the press as the being the registered owner of the vehicle.
Wolf Moore Jr August 31, 2010 at 12:35 PM
Gossip - KS - "I have heard her father is a cop or state trooper or something in NY;" ED - "Other information circulating (accurate or not) is she is a mother of one or two small children and currently pregnant. She was talking or texting on the phone (really bad service right there on the NC/Scotts Corner border for most carriers but phone records are available.) Changing a CD? Turning around in the car to deal with a child?" KS - "I have also heard that she had an 8 month old in the car and is pregnant, and was on the phone." No police report yet. Tragic and disturbing however.
KS August 31, 2010 at 12:56 PM
Tragic for Mr Krishna, not for a woman who is a mother (that is fact, along with several of the other comments) and who has yet to come forward despite them having the car etc. Sorry Wolf, but you must know her or have sympathy for her. I have sympathy for the man left dying in the road, and as ED just recounted, any where else her name would be plastered in the presss.
Wolf Moore Jr August 31, 2010 at 01:10 PM
KS - Don't know the perp and just as baffled as everyone else why the name has yet to be released. However facts are better than gossip in a court of law. I would like to know if license has been pulled? School buses are back on the road.
KS August 31, 2010 at 01:54 PM
Agreed, I think u will find several of thes comments true when truth comes out. I sincerely hope she isn't on our roads. I don't even know how she can live with herself .
Concerned Citizen August 31, 2010 at 03:41 PM
GOSSIP prevails when FACTS are WITHHELD. This is a coverup pure and simple. To the Editor: 1) Have you asked the police DIRECTLY why the suspect's name has been withheld? 2) Who will be held accountable if/when this woman KILLS again.
S. Smith August 31, 2010 at 03:48 PM
Concerned Citizen - TOTALLY AGREE! So strange that no information is being given. Even stranger is that the press is not asking why?? How can we not feel that this is a cover up? Years to get lab results to solve a murder is unheard of. Yes, this is murder. She left a man dying by the side of the road and drove to a gas station to try to cover it up. If this is a speculation, then give the residents of New Canaan the facts. Until then, we can only assume someone is being protected.
Concerned Citizen August 31, 2010 at 03:49 PM
"Police request that she turn herself in?" Are you kidding me??!! They know who she is. If they want her, they can get her anytime they want. Meanwhile rather than investigating while facts are fresh, the suspect is allowed to huddle with a lawyer to concoct some BS alibi. This is unconscionable. If you are outraged, contact your ELECTED town officials who came up with the "Slow Down Around Town Initiative, yet apparently couldn't care less that a murderer is walking around-- OR WORSE-- DRIVING around our streets. SHAME on anyone whop defends this HEARTLESS CONSCIENCELESS woman.
KS August 31, 2010 at 06:00 PM
S Smith & Concerned Citizen, I could not agree more. Why are they waiting for her to turn herself in they don't have enough evidence? I have said this is unconscionable from the beginning and while I sincerely hope she has cooped herself up in a room somewhere this is ridiculous that she has not been arrested. Let's hope she isn't driving or even showing her face in town. I am outraged and wish more people were.
KS August 31, 2010 at 06:34 PM
I just lodged a complaint with First Selectman Jeb Walkers office-encourage those outraged to do the same. I got the standard "police are investigating this", and got no answer as to whether this woman still has a license.
NC CT August 31, 2010 at 07:12 PM
How does no one know the driver's name?! It's all very very strange... Going over that hill the sun does shine in your eyes, and at the time of the accident it was sunset I believe, but still if they have the car why not arrest the driver?!
KS August 31, 2010 at 07:15 PM
I guess the people who know her don't have a conscious either. People know who she is, I know where the kid is in elementary school. The accident was a 430 pm there was no sunset then. The woman is defenseless.
S. Smith August 31, 2010 at 07:20 PM
So I guess she is on the road taking her kids to school at the same time the rest of us are. Great.
KS August 31, 2010 at 07:23 PM
Let's hope not.
NR August 31, 2010 at 08:07 PM
I feel bad for Mr. Krishna's family. They had faith and hope in NC police to investigate and bring the person responsible to justice. Isn't there probable cause to make an arrest? They have (1) the sideview mirror, (2) matching vehicle with sideview mirror missing, (3) witnesses describing the driver. This is really sad and disgusting if it is a cover up b/c the suspect has connection. How would they feel if their family member or friends were killed and left to die? This person should not be free to continue to put other in harms way. Take responsibility for your actions!!!
Wolf Moore Jr August 31, 2010 at 08:27 PM
I wonder what standard police procedure is for CT State Troopers. Do they have the right to not disclose information as well? Since this seems to be a NCPD and NYS police investigation, do things work differently. Just thinking out loud.
carol smith August 31, 2010 at 10:20 PM
I think the situtation is totally disgusting. The fact that it might take months or years is just "beyond". That poor victim and his family!!!!
Joe Smith September 01, 2010 at 08:19 PM
2 weeks after the accident and still no news on an arrest or the name of the suspect. Something is definitely fishy.
Maureen Thomas September 02, 2010 at 04:52 PM
Likely another New Canaanite with a connected family, who will stonewall, while the victim's family suffers.
KS September 02, 2010 at 05:08 PM
Given the latest article in today's Advertiser, I agree. Special treatment without a doubt
Eugenie Diserio September 03, 2010 at 03:02 AM
Plenty of people in town know way more details of the accident than are being published and also exactly who the suspected driver is...and they are honoring their gag orders...Whether this is protection for being a person with influential connections or just the extended way routine CT criminal investigations are being handled (Today's NC Advertiser's reporting) Why do we really care so much about having her name at this point?...What are we as a concerned and compassionate community going to do to her? Like one of our poster's said it's not about a lynch mob mentality. Let the authorities come forth with all their evidence and charges and then the NC public can have a better sense of how to honestly digest it and respond.
KS September 03, 2010 at 11:32 AM
Correct, plenty of people know she is, and her name is out anyway. It's not what we the community are going to do to her, it's what the police should do to her. Is it because she is pregnant that they are walking on eggshells? I feel for her family but what she did is atrocious, and the justice system better make her pay for it in jail. And, I think we all deserve the right to at least know she isn't driving around our town.
S. Smith September 03, 2010 at 04:22 PM
I do not care about her name. What I do feel the residents of New Canaan have a right to know is whether or not she is on the roads. And I believe, that part of the frustration stems from the comment that came out a week or two ago stating that the investigation could take years! The bottom line is she did not stop for a dying man. If she would have only stopped that car and tried to help, I truly believe people would be forgiving.
KS September 03, 2010 at 04:30 PM
I agree, I think we have a right to know if she is on the roads. Getting my mail has always been treacherous on a busy road. My assumption is she still has her license, since they no who she is but she has "yet to be formally interviewed by the police". They apparently want her to come forward, which she obviously doesn't have the decency to do. Let her sit hopefully scared to death until the evidence comes back leading to an arrest-just stay off our roads.
Eugenie Diserio September 04, 2010 at 01:11 AM
Wouldn't be surprised if when the facts come out she has moved from Oenoke Ridge and out of town.
CavemanRadio September 17, 2010 at 03:26 AM
How do you get away with murder? 1) Hire a dream team? 2) Let a leather glove that was soaked in blood, dry (and therefore shrink) for well over a year and then claim that it doesn't fit? 3) Run down an 84 year old man that has the audacity to check the contents of his own mailbox, leave him to die on the side of the road, while you drive directly to a gas station to repair your vehicle to hide the damage (destroy the evidence) and therefore cover up your crime? The gas station attendant informed the authorities of the alleged killer's attempts to cover up her crime and her car was confiscated and subsequently investigated by the state police. For some reason, this "32 year old woman" has yet to be identified or charged with any offence? How is this possible? In July, a New Canaan resident (whom clearly appears mentally ill) was forcibly removed from his home for threatening local politicians online and via the telephone. His picture and name have been plastered all over the internet and local publications since he allegedly committed his crime(s). Yet the identity of this "32 year old woman" is a secret for what could be months or "years" according to law enforcement?!
CavemanRadio September 17, 2010 at 03:26 AM
Is this "woman" still permitted to carelessly roam the streets in her behemoth SUV endangering anyone that is so self-centered that they have the audacity to open their own mailbox? Why has this women's identity not be released? What kind of connections does one need to have to be able to receive this unbelievably preferential treatment? I guarantee that if I mowed down an elderly New Canaan resident, left him on the side of the road to die alone, and drove directly to a service station to destroy the evidence linking me to the crime...I would be immediately charged and incarcerated for my crime and attempt to cover it up.
KS September 20, 2010 at 12:20 AM
Caveman, I couldn't agree more-why has every other suspect's name been released and not hers? Ridiculous.
CavemanRadio September 23, 2010 at 06:53 PM
Thanks, KS. Suprisingly my comments were printed in todays Advertiser...


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