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Regan Pleads Guilty in Hit & Run Case, Gets Probation

Left, Krishna Jayaraman, 84, killed in a motor vehicle accident by Kate Regan (right).
Left, Krishna Jayaraman, 84, killed in a motor vehicle accident by Kate Regan (right).

Kate Regan of New Canaan was sentenced to five years' probation after pleading guilty Friday to negligent homicide with a motor vehicle and evading responsibility in connection with the August 2010 death of Krishna Jayaraman, 82, in front of his Oenoke Road home.

The plea deal with Judge Maureen Dennis in state Superior Court in Norwalk came despite objections from a prosecutor, who said Regan should get some jail time.

But the deal was supported by  Krishna family (past reports have referred to the family as the "Jayaraman" family, but it was referred to as the "Krishna family" throughout the court hearing).

Krishna Jayaraman's son, also named Krishna Jayaraman, said at the hearing that the family didn't want Regan's children to suffer from her absence.

"We have grieved over this for the last three years," Krishna told the judge. "It's been rather painful for me, this loss of my father. It's been misery for my mother, but my children have suffered as well.

"Nevertheless, we feel that asking for revenge is not the right solution," he continued. "I just don't want those kids [Regan's children] to suffer for the mistakes she made. I would like the court to punish her for leaving my grandfather to die. I don't think jail would be a solution for her children."

Regan, who blinked frequently during the mid-afternoon hearing in state Superior Court in Norwalk, also spoke:

"Dr. Krishna, I appreciate the opportunity to speak with you. I waited and waited a very long time to reach out to you to express my deepest sympathy and regret for your very tragic loss. [...] It's crucially important to me that you know not a day goes by that I don't think of your father. I live with this every single day and will for the rest of my life."

Regan said she understands that his family is grieving deeply and added, "I hope to speak with you again privately to express those feelings in depth and I wish the best for you and your family."

Jayaraman responded, "I look forward to it." At the end of the hearing, the two shook hands. Afterward, Jayarama said in the hallway of the courthouse that his family feels forgiveness for Regan.

Asked what was going through his mind to hear Regan's apology, he said, "I'm just overwhelmed right now -- I can't say. I'm filled with emotion."

Nicole Peco, the state prosecutor in the case, told the judge that the state disagreed with not having jail time for Regan included in the sentence. The matter is a serious issue and a safety issue, she said.

'The state looks at the factual allegatiosn: The fact that the defendant left the scene and engaged in a series of lies, contacted multiple insurance companies," without contacting police, Peco said.

Peco said the prosecution recommendation was that Regan get a 10-year sentence, suspended after one year in prison, with five years' probation.

Judge Dennis said that Krishna had asked to meet with her in her chambers before the sentencing, and that they had done so. "It's an unusual circumstance," Dennis said. "I normally don't get the chance to do that. A very important component of what I do is based on victim input. [...] I usually get it second- or third-hand.

"I was impressed by what Dr. Krishna said and the reasons he said it. [...] It's quite a remarkable position, and but for that position, the sentencing here today would be very different."

"I'm hoping the sentence today will achieve a fair and equitable result, and, indeed, honor Dr. Krishna's father."

For evading responsibility involving a death with a motor vehicle, Regan was sentenced to five years in prison, suspended, and five years of probation. For negligent homicide, the judge sentenced her to six moths in prison, suspended, and a one-year probation period. Both sentences would run concurrently.

Regan is to perform 300 hours of community service, Dennis said, "to be done in some fashion or locations involving work with senior citizens, particularly senior citizens who have suffered the loss of a partner or a loved one."

Regan must also attend a program dealing with families victimized by vehicular homicide. Regan's car, seized at about the time she was arrested, is to be returned to her.

Jayaraman's lawyer, Frederic Ury, as well as Regan's attorneys -- James Ruane for the criminal case and John Whitcomb, representing her in a civil lawsuit for $2.5 million in damages that Jayarama's family filed against her -- were all at the court hearing. No mention of the civil lawsuit was made in the courtroom, and Ruane and Whitcomb refused to discuss the case with a reporter.

The accident

On the afternoon of on Aug 18, 2010, a car traveling northbound on Oenoke Ridge Road struck a pedestrian, propelling the person 20 to 30 feet, according to Selectman Rob Mallozzi, who helps manage the emergency operations center in New Canaan.

The driver left nothing behind aside from a side-view mirror and other fragments of glass, New Canaan police said.

Police received a call at 4:41 p.m. from a driver on Oenoke Ridge Road who spotted the victim laying in the road. Less than two hours later, after a passerby noticed him and called for an ambulance, Krishna Jayaraman was dead in Norwalk Hospital.

Criminal charges, civil lawsuit filed

On Nov. 3, 2010, New Canaan Police arrested Regan on a warrant, charging her with negligent homicide with a motor vehicle and evading responsibility involving a death with a motor vehicle. Regan was released after posting a $10,000 cash bond.

In the $2.5 million civil complaint, Regan is accused of driving her Infiniti QX56  at a “fast rate of speed” on Oenoke Ridge Road (Rt. 124) while attempting to change a DVD in her vehicle.

Her action resulted in her veering to the right and striking the elder Jayaraman while he was getting mail from his curbside mailbox, the complaint stated.

The complaint then alleges that Regan, 32 at the time, filed a false report with her car insurance company, claiming her passenger-side mirror was damaged while her car was parked at a location in New Canaan while she was running errands. It says she gave the same story to a New Canaan Police sergeant investigating the accident.

Sarah Norton November 02, 2013 at 08:52 PM
Hal you set the bar as low as you can go as a "man". Sorry you have a low IQ and threaten women when you know you have no idea what you are talking about.
hal November 02, 2013 at 09:02 PM
I know you and Gumball wouldnt appreciate that... I did not "threated" anyone. And it is you who questions the intelligence of others just because they don't see things the same way you do. BTW: my comment was a joke and a quote from Saturday Night Live. You and Gumball need to get a sense of humor.
Sarah Norton November 02, 2013 at 09:07 PM
Clueless Hal we do know what happened that is why Mrs. Regan plead guilty. You are the only person insinuating the Krishna family took a payoff but I know you have a hard time following common knowledge and because so insult women as you do when frustrated by your simple thinking limitations.
Sarah Norton November 02, 2013 at 09:13 PM
It is such a funny topic Hal who would not have such a great sense of humor about it…
Billy Gumdrop November 02, 2013 at 10:00 PM
BTW, I have a very healthy sense of humor and I always enjoyed SNL. I just don't find felony hit and run and lying about it all that funny. Ms. Regan was trying to cover her rear end hoping not to get caught. You don't need to be all that intelligent to figure this out. The same thing goes for this Michael Savage character who left his dead father in the car as he ran like the coward that he is and shows up at the hospital 8 hours later after he probably sobered up. I'm certain that both their families were "thrilled" to find out the truth. Both Ms. Regan and Mr. Savage are spineless, sorry excuses for human beings.
hal November 02, 2013 at 10:30 PM
To Sarah ("throw away the key") and Gumby: First, Sarah, you obviously cannot read. Second, if this Savage was drunk he deserves jail. But Regan's case was an accident. Sure, she shouldnt have panicked and left but she was probably scared. Arent there enough DWI killers, drug dealers, college boy rapists and child molesters in CT for you two to worry about?
Billy Gumdrop November 03, 2013 at 01:22 AM
Scared of getting caught is right. 30 court dates and 3+ years later she finally apologizes after she gets off almost scott free with no jail time. What a humanitarian she is! It must have cost her husband and/or family millions. Those high powered attorneys don't come cheap. They can't nail Savage for DWI if he shows up at the hospital sober eight hours later. A good lawyer could beat this seven days a week. Both individuals main concern was saving their own skin. Period. Dead victims don't talk.
NCRAMFAN November 03, 2013 at 07:38 AM
I personally have always believed in this woman's innocence (that she truly did not know she hit a human being but rather a mailbox). She is certainly guilty as she pled (negligent homicide) because as she admitted from the beginning, she was completely turned around in her car changing a DVD for her screaming toddler. This of course was a very, very negligent action but something unfortunately that Moms and Dads around New Canaan are guilty of every day (and yes, this type of distracted driving is inexcusable and MUST change on a broad level). As for evading responsibility (the more serious offense), I believe wholeheartedly that this was completely unintentional. For me, her decision to pull over at the nearest gas station was most telling. If she really knew she hit someone, do you think she would then pull over at the next gas station to inquire about having her car fixed? I believe, no. A guilty person would drive home and hide their car in their garage. Or high tail it upstate to the wedding she was attending without stopping. And yes, she initially lied about the accident to her husband and insurance…but like many people would feel, she was probably very embarrassed about hitting a mailbox (as she thought) and felt like her husband was going to be very angry at her. Her deal with the State and subsequent sentencing speak to this theory and perhaps the Krishna family believes her story, too hence their plea to judge for leniency. That being said, I realize there will be many different opinions on this very sad story which we are all entitled to have. But the Courts have spoken and the case is now closed. It's time for all of us to 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.
centi November 03, 2013 at 08:41 AM
Why is everyone working so hard to try to figure out what happened: Clearly a failure in our justice system has occurred. And don't rule out a nice pot of money for the judge. Bribes exist and are alive and well. My kids walk around these streets and I don't want that woman driving around here! The judge and Krishna family let us all down and failed to protect our community. And please no flames on the judge bribe idea, it's purely speculation and not impossible.
woah, man November 04, 2013 at 07:27 AM
I believe what Sarah norton is trying to say here is that it's perfectly logical that the criminal approached the victim's family and basically said, "if I plead guilty, I will settle your civil suit swiftly and not drag it out (as I egregiously did in the criminal suit). In return, you will forgive me in public, ask the courts for no jail time (which I probably won't get since I am a mother and pregnant again), and things will be settled and we can all move on." This is all speculation, but would not be uncommon in the legal injustice system of the USA. This is simply a lose lose situation for everyone. Mrs regan will live with her decision to not stop forever, as she parties, dances, and socializes thru life. She is pregnant again, I see her in town. For me, personally, I feel sick when I see her. I hate to judge others, but I see how she behaves when she goes out and I know she shouldn't be expected to crawl in a corner and hide, but her public behaviour on weekends is rather distasteful given her actions in this criminal case. In my rose coloured world, I would like to believe that the Krishna family will sit and have their cumbaya moment of forgiveness with this criminal and all will be at peace. It is really just between the two families anyway, anything we say here is speculation. Oh, A chipmunk ran in front if my car this weekend, and I hit it. I could feel it under my tire and looked in the rear view mirror and saw it had died.
centi November 04, 2013 at 08:12 AM
I agree with a lot of your comment. But...this is not between the two families. It's a civic matter that affects our community and beyond. We should be able to expect that proper punishment will be doled out. Read "orange is the new black"- there are lots of pregnant women in prison. According to the author, who was in Danbury prison for a 10 year old low level drug charge, most of the women in prison are there for much lesser charges than running over a person, driving away, and then lying to family and the courts. I feel bad for her children.
hal November 04, 2013 at 10:55 AM
First, sure it is possible that the Krishna family received a payment, but that is different from questioning their motives by using words such as "payoff" and noting that they are doing some home improvements. One person, without any evidence at all, suggested that the judge took a bribe - a major felony. Second, this was an accident. I know "negligent homicide" sounds pretty terrible, but in CT it is a misdemeanor, and if it weren't for the very unfortunate death of Mr. Krishna it would be something like "distracted driving". How many of you haven't driven while on a cell phone, texted while driving, paid attention to the CD or radio, or got behind the wheel after a glass of wine or a beer or two in a state with hundreds of bars and restaurants that you can only get to in a car. "let he who hasn't sinned ..." Then there is this woah person who almost seems to be stalking Ms. Regan. If I were Ms. Ragan, I would move out of your nasty little town as soon as I could.
Brent November 04, 2013 at 12:12 PM
At some point you are going to cause real damage. The Patch/AOL will be sued for IP addresses and your mask will be removed for all to see. Keep spewing your hate. Patch keep turning a blind eye and allowing a forum for Idiots...
hal November 04, 2013 at 12:18 PM
To Brent: Welcome
Andy Kerchoff November 04, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Best thing that could happen, is that now she has admitted guilt, the civil suit is won by the victim, and the seven figure settlement prices her out of our community.
Billy Gumdrop November 04, 2013 at 04:41 PM
It looks like the Michael Savage guy sold his house on Clearview Lane in May 2013. He's probably left town.......Just a hunch.
1CarGarageinNC November 04, 2013 at 04:44 PM
NO. The best thing that could happen is -- to affirm her genuine remorse -- is to surrender her driver's license. She is a menace to society behind the wheel. Her post-vehicular homicide (sounds different than "accident," doesn't it?) behavior clearly demonstrates that she cannot act responsibly as a licensed driver. She lacks maturity, judgement and compassion for others.
KickassLumina95 November 05, 2013 at 06:35 PM
The way I am reading this is that she got away with killing someone because she popped out a few kids. If she did not have kids, would she have gone to jail? Is this 82 year old man who was left dying on the ground any less dead because this &*@% gave birth??????? A man is dead because her kid could not wait 5 minutes for a CD to be changed.
Billy Gumdrop November 05, 2013 at 06:58 PM
No, there obviously was a BIG payoff(s) to the Krishna family and may be the judge. Average folks would be sitting in prison.....
hal November 05, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Welcome to the town (or as Andy calls it, "community") of New Canaan, CT. It is here that you find: Brent, who apparently doesnt believe in free speech and wants to "track down the IP address" of people he doesnt agree with. Then there's centi and Gumdrop who accuse the judge of taking a bribe even though they have zero evidence with which to accuse her of a very sersious crime. There's woah, who bizarrely compares the death of a human with that of a chipmunk. And, there are many of the others. plus these, who ascribe to the Krishna's financial motives to what seems like a compassionate and humane (to Regan's children) thing to do. Could this be because THEY won't do anything without a "payoff"?
Brent November 06, 2013 at 08:07 AM
Why is it that every nonparticipating observer on this chat presumes to know the motives of the judge, the Krishna family and everyone who was actually involved in this? And off what information, the tidbits of information from articles you have read on the patch of all sources? I think you all have an inflated sense of self importance to think that you have meaningful insight into the motivations of these people and feel the need to announce your findings to the community on this blog.
woah, man November 08, 2013 at 08:12 AM
@hal: you can't really believe that I am comparing the chipmunk to Krishna? No one is that dumb, are they? Remember that ms regan believed she hit a mailbox? Or was blissfully unaware she hit and killed another human? I mention that I hit the chipmunk to illustrate the absurdity of this woman's alibi. A chipmunk is so small in size, yet i could feel it under my tire as I hit it. I looked in the rear view mirror afterwards and sadly, I saw it had died. I hardly think your accusation of calling me a stalker is worthy of a reply, but I will quickly address it here: just because I happen to see ms regan at the local coffee shop, or at a mutual friend's party does not make me a stalker. Perhaps it is she that is stalking me? Why comment if you aren't going to contribute something intelligent to the conversation? This is a rhetorical question. No need to reply.
mary parker November 10, 2013 at 03:59 AM
I think to settle all of our assumptions on what happened in court that day is for the Krishna family to write a statement on how they feel about this out come and if they did in fact persuade the judge to give Regan 5 years probation instead of jail time. But they are being silent and letting us continue to think it was a pay off. p.s. what is going on with Savage and his killing of his father in law? Anyone know?
hal November 11, 2013 at 12:50 AM
So, mary parker, you think the Krisna family owes you and whoever "us" is a justification for recommending probation for Regan (they already said it was because they were concerned for her children). Otherwise, you will assume they accepted a "payoff". "Arrogant" doesn't begin to describe your attitude.
Jacqueline Schultz Benson November 15, 2013 at 06:11 AM
She KILLED a man because her spoiled little brat needed the DVD changed. Obviously, she's pulled this little stunt many times before - but this time someone DIED. Just because she's a "mother" (and I use that term loosely) she received a free pass to continue "mothering" her precious snowflake(s). She needed to serve her time in jail (5 years) and then have her license to drive revoked PERMANENTLY. And it takes a TON of money to pay a lawyer to put the case OFF for 3 (yes, THREE) YEARS. Justice was not served - and I don't CARE if she has children. When you MURDER someone in cold blood, you need to pay for your actions. This is such a travesty.
hal November 15, 2013 at 12:12 PM
Jacqueline, you should chill out or else you are going to give yourself a HEART ATTACK. It is great to hear from a person who has never made a mistake in her whole life... never talked on a phone while driving, never went over the speed limit, never looked at the radio in your car, on and on. You are truely a perfect person... or maybe one who is lucky enough not to have a tragedy happen when doing so. Don't you and the rest of the fine New Canaan citizens have a little charity. And by the way, no-one ever said it was murder.
Jacqueline Schultz Benson November 17, 2013 at 08:45 PM
I'm not going to give myself a heart attack. The emphasis was placed on those words because some of you seem to think that she deserves a pass or that there is some kind of crazy conspiracy going on. If I thought I simply hit a mailbox, I would stop anyhow. Why?? Because that *is* property damage. Don't know about you, HAL, but I'd be pretty irked if someone knocked down my mailbox and ran away. She acted shifty and skeezy and suspicious, so you know what the logical conclusion is?? She did it. And she is getting off lightly because she spread her legs and popped a couple of rugrats out. Maybe I should have a kid or two and then off someone... I can claim that I was a "Mombie Zombie" and simply was not in my right mind. And I'll use this case example as a basis for my defense. ::eyeroll:: Let me get a sugar daddy first, though... that way I can rest assured that someone can afford to keep me free while my victim's dead body molders in a grave. Keepin' it klassy!!
Billy Gumdrop November 18, 2013 at 12:34 AM
There is no doubt in my mind that this was an unfortunate, unintentional and tragic accident. I would never think that Ms. Regan intentionally hit Mr. Krishna, that's crazy talk. But I do think that Hal is either a relative of the Regans or a friend of their family. If she had stopped and cooperated with the cops, this would have never turned out to be such a legal mess that it is. Just my humble opinion......
Brent November 18, 2013 at 08:10 AM
This article is over two weeks old. Everyone is moving on. You people need to find a hobby. I wish I could remove my email this is pure spam at this point. If you want to bicker with each other exchange phone numbers and hash it out.
Billy Gumdrop November 18, 2013 at 10:35 AM
Brent: Hit the delete button on your keyboard. It's great way to get rid of email that you don't want to read. I do it daily to keep my mailbox empty or close to it. We all appreciate your fatherly advice!

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