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More Pretrial Talks Scheduled for Regan Hit-and-Run Case

Talks pretrial talks continue in the Kate Regan hit-and-run case, in which New Canaan resident Krishna S. Jayaraman was killed near his mailbox by a passing vehicle.

 

Talks are continuing behind closed doors between defense attorneys for New Canaan resident Kate Regan, who was charged in Nov. 2010 in a hit-and-run case after the death of a town resident.

"We continue to discuss possible resolution or litigation," said Christian Young, an attorney representing Kate Regan, who allegedly drove away after hitting 82-year-old Krishna S. Jayaraman of New Canaan with her vehicle.

Negotiating for a plea agreement has been ongoing for close to two years between Young's firm, Gulasch & Riccio of Bridgeport, and  Assistant State's Attorney Suzanne Vieux, a lawyer for Jayaraman's family and Judge Maureen Dennis in state Superior Court in Norwalk.

On Thursday, Regan showed up to court and waited in the hallway before consulting with Young and leaving. Young also left after speaking with the prosecutor's office, but without appearing in court in connection with the case.

Regan was given a new court date of Feb. 5. She is charged with negligent homicide and leaving the scene of an accident.

Jayaraman was standing at a mailbox on Oenoke Ridge Road near the Pound Ridge border when a car struck him, according to police. In November, Regan turned herself in to police after they applied for a warrant for her arrest.

Jayaraman's family later filed a civil suit against Regan, seeking damages.


ADDITIONAL COVERAGE:

  • New Canaan Hit and Run Case Goes on Trial List
  • State Police Report Ready in Regan Case
  • Regans' Attorney: "A Battle We Prefer Not To Wage"
  • Regans Respond to $2.5 Million Civil Suit
  • $2.5 Million Civil Suit Filed against Regans
  • Regan's Lawyer Seeks Plea Agreement
  • Krishnas to File Civil Suit against Regan
  • Regan Hit and Run Case Continued to March
  • Regan Arraigned
  • Regan Faces up to 10 Years
Sydney December 06, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Unbelievable. Why has she been given such special treatment? She is a disgrace to our community. I see her out, driving like a maniac in another huge SUV, leading the life of riley. Please put her behind bars, and justice will be done. Patch, please keep us posted.
Sydney December 06, 2012 at 11:00 PM
I am sorry, Jack Flash, you condone the killing of an innocent person, driving away, lying to the authorities and evading responsibility for what society considers the greatest crime? Indefensible.
Four Jacks December 07, 2012 at 01:02 AM
It was the attempted cover-up that changed this incident from an "accident" into a "crime". I would be interested in the details of the community service mentioned above, for example, when was it initiated?
susan December 07, 2012 at 03:39 AM
I don't get it. Seems that if you hit and kill someone in our town with your car, there are no ramifications. Yet people are convicted and do jail time for things that are against the law, but did not involve taking another human being's life. Maybe Patch can check the records....whatever happened to the high school student who struck and killed a pedestrian and his dog on South Avenue a few years back, and the high school girl who struck and killed a jogger on New Norwalk Road not too long ago? And meanwhile, Mrs. Regan is out and about while her lawyers negotiate some sort of plea bargain. To Jack Flash--please enlighten us about this wonderful community service? I don't see how any mother of two children under the age of 5 has the time or wherewithal to spend "hundreds and hundreds of hours" volunteering to help kids from first grade to 12th grade??
Sydney December 07, 2012 at 06:52 AM
Community service? She killed someone and lied about it!
MAM December 07, 2012 at 12:52 PM
The only "community service" this lady should be doing is behind bars. She killed, she fled, she tried to hide it.......if she were a teenage boy without the financial where with all that she has to prolong this process, she would have been in jail long ago! Come on folks, it's supposed to be equal justice for all. What about the man who died and his family? Where is their justice?
Kelly December 07, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Jack Flash - Perhaps Kate should have thought about what her children might read before she left a man to die in his driveway, and then covered it up. I don't think she was using your "what would Jesus do" mantra as her guide. I too hate it when people spew hatred anonymously on the internet...but that is not what the above commenters are doing, they are merely stating the truth.
Mehoff December 07, 2012 at 01:37 PM
The amount of community service or contributions to the community or whether the town is disgraced by her citizenship is all irrelevant. Justice is always depicted as "blind" because it is not supposed to consider such things. Unfortunately, lawyers "own" the justice system. They make the laws, they write the laws, they prosecute violations of the laws, they defend people being prosecuted, and they judge the people under the laws they make. So the only thing lady Justice is not blind to is wealth. The kind of wealth that can sustain any number of lawyers for several years. That is the only reason this case remains "under negotiation" and that, ultimately, this lady will get quite a light sentence. We have the best justice system that money can buy and we don't have millions of lawyers because it isn't paying well.
Hollywood2 December 07, 2012 at 02:50 PM
No smpathy here. She hit someone. Didn't stop. Killed the person. Tried to cover it up. Lied about it. 5 Years in Danbury prison, then she can do all the community services when she is released.
Joan December 07, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Haven’t we gone over this 1,000 times. She drove ¼ mile and pulled over and told the attendant she was hit in town. Quite the cover-up right! To ANYONE who posted on this site. If you knew you committed a crime and were trying to get away with it…..would you pull over and give your information. Please attempt to use your brain. She was distracted hit someone, made an assumption on what she hit and assumed very wrong. Is that a crime, it sure is but this was not a malicious act or some sort of cover up. Btw, I love the people who talk about how she is a disgrace to this town while at the same time posting anonymously hateful blogs about others from the same town. I would rather have Kate (who made a mistake) than you in this town.
Charlene December 07, 2012 at 03:27 PM
The big difference here is that the student that struck the jogger and his dog (over 8 years ago) and the girl who struck the jogger in Norwalk (last year?) is that they both STOPPED. Neither tried to cover up the accident.
Dave December 07, 2012 at 03:43 PM
JAIL JAIL JAIL JAIL
W. H. Taylor December 07, 2012 at 04:26 PM
You sound pretty sure. Apparently, she told the Sunoco attendant in Pound Ridge, moments after the accident, that the damage to the car was the result of a "recent" hit and run (someone hit her) in downtown New Canaan. When asked why she lied about the cause of the damage she said she was afraid of her husband's reaction once he learned that she had damaged a brand new SUV while distracted. Does it sound fishy? Sure. But let me ask you, have you ever driven by the scene of the accident? There is no way you can retrieve mail from that mailbox without standing in the middle of Rte.124 and there are several large trees that are so close to the road that they practically uproot the pavement. The victim could have been knocked out of sight of her rear view as she passed. Likely? No, but no one has proof of what happened beyond a reasonable doubt. Also, does it make sense that she would drive straight to a nearby service station if she were intent on covering up something?
Kelly December 07, 2012 at 05:52 PM
You should probably go back and read the facts of the case.
e December 07, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Kelly, what facts are in error in Joan's posting? It sounds right to me...just asking!
New Canaan Fan December 07, 2012 at 11:14 PM
As someone who grew up in the wonderful town of New Canaan, I am deeply saddened to read these comments. This woman is innocent until proven guilty. Let's leave this case up to the Courts rather than make assumptions and post vindictive statements. We should all step away from our computers and put some of these energies and passions into more productive endeavors such as volunteering, coaching, helping those less fortunate, etc.
Lauren December 08, 2012 at 06:03 PM
New Canaan Fan - just playing the devil's advocate here but, would you still be considering her innocent until proven guilty if that had been a child that was killed?
Hollywood2 December 08, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Nah. Dish the dirt. Sometimes, it should be guilty until proven innocent.
J Bauer December 09, 2012 at 02:05 AM
It is a tragedy all around... the fact of the matter is that if she knew that she hit a person then she belongs in jail. If she did not know that she hit a person, then she does not belong in jail. The reality is that no one here has any idea as to the answer to this question. After a lot of investigation by police, cross examination by lawyers and consideration by a judge and jury, they will hopefully discover the truth. But a bunch of people chanting for her head is just stupid... reminds me of any mob scene. To your question about justice... justice will be done by discovering the ultimate truth and dealing with the consequences of that truth regardless of how it comes out. And, by the way, it is "wherewithal"
Jeff Daniels December 09, 2012 at 04:05 PM
How is everyone now a legal expert based on the small amount of details we all know about this case? We have a robust legal system in this country to work this situation out, let it run its course. Everyone's haphazard assumptions only highlights your own ignorance.
Four Jacks December 09, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Justice delayed is justice denied. Enough pre-trial negotiations.
mary parker December 10, 2012 at 05:15 AM
Did this family give enormous of time to volunteer before or just after her hit and run arrest? To me she is trying to sway the community and the Prosicutor ect... to be kind to her. Too little too late. She knew she hit him and left the scene, then tried to cover it up and oh gee whe should forget because the only reason she is volunteering now is to get a lighter sentence. BS. She didn't care when she left the scene of the accident but now that she got caught and faces jail time (which she won't get anyway), she volunteeres for things. HA. Only doing it for a lighter sentence.
mary parker December 10, 2012 at 05:36 AM
How come the teenager who killed the jogger on 123 stayed at the scene and her case is done within a year? And Regan is still going on for over 2 years and she left the scene and lied about it? Seriously? Volunteering after the crime was commited to make yourself look good? If it were me, I would have stopped and I would have excepted my guilt and apologized for my mistake and faced up to the accident and would probably gotten probation. But leaving the scence of a death accident, lying about it, deserves prison. She was selfish and uncaring in the matter! God I would be begging forgiveness to his family ect.. All could have been avoided if she just stopped and didn't lie about it.
Mark December 10, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Kevin, what kind of car do you drive? Have you ever gotten body work done at a Sonoco? No? Well that’s because there don’t do body work. I’m imagining Kate pulling in and saying “Hi what mirrors do you have in stock?” Your joking right? To say she stopped at a gas station to get her mirror fixed so she could move on is just idiotic. Hey Mary, can you spare us the ole if it were me routine. We all know your stance on this case. You have posted hundreds of times. It’s clear you think Kate knowingly hit someone and drove ¼ mile tried to buy a mirror from a gas station and then cover it up. Many people, me being one of them have tried to tell you that there was a screaming baby in the car, the damage to large SUV was minimal. Even the lead detective on the case in New Canaan thinks she had no idea she hit anyone. But not Mary, oh no. After all the back and forth you will NEVER be persuaded to even consider the other side. So go put your head in the sand. “You’re short on ears and long on mouth.” -John Wayne
Four Jacks December 11, 2012 at 01:44 AM
We've all driven with screaming babies in the car (wasn't hers actually a toddler???), but it's still hard to believe she had no idea she hit SOMETHING. Why not stop? Even if you hit a one pound squirrel, you KNOW it. Now if you hit a man, how can you possibly be that unaware? Mary, you have freedom of speech, you can write whatever you want.
Old Timer December 12, 2012 at 08:27 PM
If you want to post something mean, please don't do it anonymously. Please be brave enough to stand behind your name. Both of the families involved in this are our neighbors and what has made New Canaan a nice place to live for 200 years is that we know our neighbors and treat them with respect.
Liz McRiely December 13, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Does anyone know a store nearby that sells custom Christmas ornaments?

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