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Police: Girl, 16, Hits Car, Drives off, Gets Busted

A 16-year-old girl isn't supposed to be driving with friends in the car just after she gets her license, and she isn't supposed to leave the scene of an accident she caused, according to New Canaan police.

A man standing on the sidewalk near Elm Restaurant on Elm Street saw a car driven by a 16-year-old girl damage another vehicle as the new driver tried to park, New Canaan police said.

The man spoke with the driver to make sure she and her passengers were all right, then he went in the restaurant to see if he could find the owner of the damaged car, police said.

Police say that as he was entering the restaurant, the girl drove off -- but that didn't work out well for her because he had taken the trouble to note her license plate number, which he gave to police when he called them.

New Canaan police gave this account (an accusation not proven in court) of the matter:

Police soon checked records and found out who the owner of the vehicle was -- one of the parents of the girl. That evening, she showed up at the police station and admitted hitting the car -- a 2013 BMW -- with her 2005 Ford.

The accident caused damage to her vehicle's front bumper and to the left rear fender of the BMW. That led to a charge of improper parking.

She also admitted that she was driving with other teenagers in the car. That led to a charge of violating a state law forbidding teenage drivers from doing that for the first few months after they get a license. She also admitted leaving the scene, which resulted in a charge of evading responsibility.

She was released on a $50 bond and is scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Norwalk on March 12.
David Gurliacci March 05, 2014 at 11:09 PM
Here's the story on the other New Canaan driver charged with a hit & run: http://newcanaan.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/police-another-alert-citizen-another-hit--run-foiled
mary parker March 13, 2014 at 01:58 AM
Yes New Canaan driver's and drivers in every other city in the U.S. run lights, fail to stop at stop signs, cut people off ect.. The subject is about a newly licensed teenager that had friends in her car, which was illegal and was explained to her in driving school and hit a car, then drove off, which was taught not to do in driving school and not even 2 months after she gets her license, doesn't care about what she learned in driving school. And oh gee we should feel sorry for her? It just goes to prove most 16 year old's aren't mature or responsible enough to have a driver's license and a lot of parents when they drive with their kids in the car show their lack of respect for the traffic laws to their kids. So it's all over the U.S. but it's up to us parents to lead and teach our kids the safe way to drive.
Mfrances82 April 24, 2014 at 08:08 AM
@Andy--the whole issue centers around the fact that NC parents generally think their kids can do no wrong and do no enforce the fact that irresponsible actions have CONSEQUENCES. And that doesn't mean taking their cell phone away for a day...
Andy Kerchoff April 24, 2014 at 03:00 PM
@Mfrances82--I think what you describe is not a NC parenting issue, I think it is a generational parenting issue. When I did wrong decades ago, whether in childhood, adolescence, or early teenage years, my parents would physically reprimand me. It was the same for my peers. Parents were tougher back then. No one disciplines like that anymore and as a result, we have what we brought up. It takes a village to raise a child and when the village gets too soft on kids, let's everyone win, and puts P.C. above all else, this is what we get. This is what is really wrong with the general population right now. Attitude changes over the period of the 1970's till now have resulted in weak, soft, lame, irresponsible, millennials!

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