Police Continue Investigations Into Jogger's Death [Update]

It will take a week or more to determine whether the driver will be charged, according to Norwalk Police Chief Harry W. Rilling

Updated, 3/26, 7:40 p.m.

Briefing reporters Monday morning, Police Chief Harry W. Rilling said investigators are probably a week or more away from determining whether a teenage driver should be charged after she struck a jogger who died of his injuries.

Regardless of the investigation's outcome, "It's a tragedy all around," Rilling said.

Rilling said physical evidence collected at the site of the accident must be examined and statements from witnesses obtained. Investigators will also consult with the state's attorney before considering bringing charges, he said.

Police were dispatched to the area of New Canaan Ave. and Forbell Dr. at 9:32 Saturday morning on a report of a pedestrian struck. They found a man who had been jogging down on the street, breathing but unconscious.

The man, 43-year-old Kenneth Dorsey of Norwalk, later died at Norwalk Hospital.

Rilling said a 16-year-old New Canaan female driver of a Toyota SUV struck Dorsey. She was at the scene when police arrived.

Asked about the circumstances of the accident, Rilling said Dorsey was either standing on the side of the road or jobbing. He  said New Canaan Ave., which is state route 123, is a very busy road where motorist tend to drive faster than they should.

"That road, in my opinion, is not meant for jogging," Rilling said. "It's not a safe road to be a pedestrian on; there are no sidewalks."

Rilling said an officer trained in accident recreation was called to the scene along with the forensics truck used by detectives to collect evidence. Although it's a state road, he said state police are not involved in the investigation.


Police have reportedly identified the jogger who was struck and killed by an SUV on New Canaan Avenue Saturday morning as 44-year-old Kenneth Dorsey of Norwalk.

According to a report in The Hour of Norwalk, Dorsey was running southbound on New Canaan Avenue Saturday morning when he was hit from behind by an SUV driven by a 16-year-old New Canaan girl.

Police have not charged the 16-year-old, who reportedly pulled over and dialed 911 immediately after the accident occurred.

[Original report:]

A jogger was reportedly and killed on New Canaan Avenue (Rte. 123) in at about 9:30 a.m., Saturday, by an SUV driven by a 16-year-old girl.

According to a breaking news report in The Hour of Norwalk the 44-year-old male jogger died Saturday after being transported to with serious injuries.

The victim, whose name has not yet been released, was unconscious but breathing on his own when Norwalk firefighters arrived on scene, according to the report, citing statements made by officials from the Norwalk Fire Department.

Police reportedly closed the road to traffic during their initial investigation into the accident, which occurred in the southbound lane near #229 New Canaan Ave. — less than a half mile from the New Canaan town line. The 16-year-old reportedly stopped her SUV at the scene and was being detained be police as investigators took measurements, according to the report. The girl has not been identified.

Patch will provide updates as more details become available.

Four Jacks March 24, 2012 at 11:07 PM
The driver is a NC girl. At least she did the right thing by stopping. Very tragic.
Erin Hedley March 25, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Prayers are needed for both victims and their families. The pain is unimaginable for all involved.
EMR March 25, 2012 at 02:01 PM
i hope no texting or cell use. this poor guy...
Joe Machete March 25, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I'm thinking it involves texting or a cell phone. It happens all the time these days with young people. It is a bigger threat than drunk drivers. A terrible tragedy all around....
Glen K Dunbar March 25, 2012 at 03:30 PM
I am sorry for the poor Man and his Family. Also, VERY sorry for the driver as She must feel awful. This will be w/her rest of her life. Very sad all around. I hope She can get some comfort and that it She not get in too much trouble. GLEN
Emmie Wilkins March 25, 2012 at 04:05 PM
There is no point and it does no good to guess at how or why this happened until the facts come out. All that kind of supposition gets you are rumors that inflame what is already a tragic occurrence for all involved. My heart goes out to all the families involved for this terrible terrible tragedy.
N C March 26, 2012 at 05:34 AM
it's funny how all the females wrote a paragraph for the drivimg 'victim'
Madison March 26, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Although our heart goes out to the jogger and his family, you have to feel awful for this 16 year old girl who has to live with this for the rest of her life! Please pray for both victims and their families, knowing that every prayer counts!
Joe Machete March 26, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I feel a lot worse for the dead jogger and his family, the driver is still alive and physically healthy. There are no winners in this tragedy.
Hermann Zwergel March 27, 2012 at 02:05 AM
"That road, in my opinion, is not meant for jogging," Rilling said. "It's not a safe road to be a pedestrian on; there are no sidewalks." Not sure, sounds like the police have decided who to blame. No mention if the police will be examining cell phone for recent use.
Dan I Am March 27, 2012 at 08:01 PM
If, as Rilling said "... route 123, is a very busy road where motorist tend to drive faster than they should" perhaps there should be more speed enforcement. 123 has a wide should and it's not the joggers fault he was struck and killed by someone who wasn't paying attention to the road.
Chandra Johnson Greene March 28, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Following an autopsy, the state Medical Examiner's office on Tuesday reported Dorsey's death was the result of head and neck injuries resulting from an accident.
B E March 29, 2012 at 07:49 PM
I am a life long jogger and cylist. I am a parent of a 16 year old daughter. Most importantly to me and many like me, I am a Christian. My prayers and this scripture are for Mr Dorsey and his family today. I pray that Mr. Dorsey will rest in peace as my fellow child of God. 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. Read more: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/bible-verses-about-death/#ixzz1qXKEiMVL
John March 31, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Another female SUV driver from NC wreaking havoc on innocent bystanders.
Four Jacks March 31, 2012 at 08:40 PM
John, I don't think it's only the women, I see an equal number of bad male drivers every day, and they also tend to be much more aggressive.
Canaanite April 03, 2012 at 07:51 PM
I don't think 16 year olds are mature enough to drive and I sure hope they check and check some more to make sure this kid wasn't yapping on the phone or texting or hungover . . . Even if she wasn't, the fact that she didn't see him in broad daylight clearly says to me that she shouldn't be behind the wheel of a car. However, further, I also don't think pedestrians should jog in the road with cars and bicycles whizzing by . . . they create too much of a distraction and danger. People can go run around a track, in the park, or on the sidewalk (in a place where there are sidewalks!) . . . no business in the street. Many of them job with traffic too, which is not where you're supposed to be if you run . . . supposed to run against traffic so cars can better see you. Which side of the road was this poor guy on???
ignorance is bliss April 09, 2012 at 07:41 PM
A driver not watching the road meets a runner on the wrong side of the road. Tragic all around.
AS April 10, 2012 at 12:04 AM
@john, lest we forget the fellow who left his father for dead up on Ponus Ridge. There's plenty of bad drivers and behavior all around
Stan April 10, 2012 at 12:16 AM
RE: 16 year old drivers being mature enough to drive - some are, some aren't. You might say the same holds true for 35 year old drivers as well. What is holding our attention in this event in part has to do with the fact that we can all recall a time where, for whatever reason(s), we have let our attention drift from the road. It serves as a sobering reminder what a serious responsibility driving a vehicle is and how a lapse of attention can pose a danger to ourselves, our passengers and the various other using the road, in whatever manner.
mary parker May 04, 2012 at 07:47 AM
123 is very dangerouse to jog on, walk on and ride a bike on. The speed a vehicle travels on 123 is at least 5 miles over the posted 45 mph from Canaan Parish to Carter St. And 40mph once you reach the Parkway on into Norwalk. Anyone other than a vehicle is crazy to attempt being on this road. But as it is, someone was killed. But the same should be noticed on all of the other roads in New Canaan and other towns where the speed limit is slower yet vehicles go 10 to 15 miles over the speed limit and do not slow down when the approach a person walking, jogging or biking. Especially around blind turns in the road. Slow down when you see someone or can't see around a turn in the road. Stop at stop signs and stop trying to beat a red light. Buy a blue tooth for your phone and realize that even though you're running late for something driving dangerousely won't get you there that much faster. Face it your late and getting there 5 minutes sooner, won't make a difference. Your still going to be late so why risk your life or that of someone else.
Alyson May 25, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Why isn't Kate Regan in prison?????
John May 30, 2012 at 02:55 PM
matthew cosco July 17, 2012 at 08:58 PM
I feel awful for the jogger and his family. i hope the girl dosnt get in that much trouble and i feel bad for her too. its not like she did it on purpose and at least she stopped and saw if he was ok instead of driving away. i just wish the best of luck to the teenage girl and the joggers family.


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