Teen Accused of Striking, Killing Jogger Will Be Tried As An Adult

Although she is 16 years old, seriousness of charge requires she be prosecuted in state Superior Court.


NORWALK—A 16-year-old New Canaan girl accused of striking and killing a jogger while driving an SUV in March will be prosecuted as an adult. The charge against her of negligent homicide with a motor vehicle requires she be tried in state Superior Court, rather than Juvenile Court.

The accident occurred the morning of . An affidavit Norwalk Police prepared to obtain an arrest warrant for her alleges she was using her iPhone to look at the New Canaan High School website when she struck the jogger, 44-year-old Norwalk resident Kenneth Dorsey.

In the affidavit, Norwalk Sgt. David B. O’Connor says the girl’s iPhone was seized as evidence and given to a Wilton sergeant who is experienced in performing forensic analyses of cell phones and computer devices.

Norwalk Police received a 911 call reporting the accident at about 9:31:26 a.m., the affidavit says, and the Wilton sergeant allegedly found her iPhone was connecting to the high school website two seconds before that.  O’Connor wrote that in order for her iPhone to be contacting that site, she would have had to have the phone “in her hand and be pressing keys to enter data into the phone.”

She was also charged with using a mobile telephone or electronic device while driving and being under the age of 18, even if a “hands-free” accessory is available. (No one may send or receive text messages while driving.)

And she was charged with failure to drive in the proper lane.

Dorsey was unconscious but breathing when emergency personnel arrived at the scene, but later died at Norwalk Hospital. O’Connor says hospital records show he suffered head and spine injuries, and an autopsy found he died of blunt force trauma due to an auto accident.

She was arrested last Saturday by warrant at Norwalk Police headquarters and then released on a promise to appear in court.

In the affidavit, O’Connor includes accounts of the accident provided by two motorists, one of whom described seeing a body flying through the air.

A passenger in a car reported seeing a jogger running southbound on New Canaan Avenue, positioned between the curb and the white line that delineates the shoulder of the road from its travel portion.

She was driving a 2001 Toyota 4-Runner southbound when the accident occurred. A motorist who was driving behind her reportedly told police he saw the SUV “suddenly pull to the left back towards the travel portion of the roadway from the shoulder.” He then reportedly said he saw dust kicked up from the roadway shoulder and then saw Dorsey laying on the shoulder.

He reported parking behind the 4-Runner and finding its driver "crying and hysterical."

The 4-Runner was towed to police headquarters and examined by a Norwalk Department of Public Works mechanic. O’Connor wrote the mechanic found no apparent mechanical defects with the vehicle that could have caused the accident.

A person convicted of negligent homicide with a motor vehicle can receive a prison sentence of up to six months or be fined up to $1,000, or both.

She is scheduled to be arraigned in state Superior Court in Norwalk May 24.

Jim Amico May 17, 2012 at 05:44 PM
@ Adrienne and anyone else referring to the word "accident".............NO SUCH THING! The jogger was jogging with traffic instead of against (DUH), cost him his life, the driver was texting, killed the jogger bc of it.....PLEASE ENLIGHTEN ME AS TO HOW THIS WAS AN ACCIDENT??? TRAGIC...YES....ACCIDENT.....NOT!!!
TP May 17, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Traditional Definition of Accident: Noun. An unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury. Current version: An unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally but which must necessarily lead to criminal charges, a leap to judgement, misconstruing of facts, public pillorying of the suspect prior to a trial, eventualy jail time, and then the passage of numerous new laws in order to prevent its unexpected and unintentional recurrence.
John May 17, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Is Ethel Mertz YOUR Real name?
Ty Webb May 17, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Actually, John, repeating someone else's (the hour's) questionable, intentional actions only makes you as bad as they are. Under your logic the person in question's (accidental) behavior can and should be repeated over and over. The world needs ditch diggers, too. It's readily apparent why you are one of them.
John May 17, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Yes I could not pay ivy league tuition...so sorry.
--- May 18, 2012 at 01:01 AM
True, she did not flee the scene. She called 911. In this, she acted responsibly. Yet, one must wonder, as the court will, if she had been responsible in the first place and had not been texting while driving...well, you know. It has been decided she be tried in Superior Court, and not Juvenile Court, according to the charges brought against her. But who can say? Maybe the Judge trying this case, if she is found guilty, will impose a lighter sentence than what people might be expecting. A tragedy, to be sure, that a man is now dead because of our hyper-connected society and the sycophants thereof. Many commenters have expressed concern that she is only 16 and somehow cannot be expected to behave like a grown-up. Hm. I reckon these same folks would approve of 25-year old men and women living at home with Mommy and Daddy, too, since they simply cannot realize their 25-year old children need to grow-up and with the quickness.
Ade May 18, 2012 at 01:01 AM
There it is again, John, that chip gets bigger by the minute. It would be one thing if all you did was post a link to the other paper to "share facts" it is an entirely different thing to make cracks about her playing sports and purposely putting her name out there to be spiteful. It is obvious you have some sort of axe to grind. I'm not defending the actions of the driver but if Ken had been running against traffic he would have at least had a chance to save himself. Both parties made senseless decisions. None of it was on purpose.
Troll Police May 18, 2012 at 01:24 AM
"John" is the typical internet troll. Low self-esteem from his failures, he lurks behind his keyboard, browsing police report, waiting to comment on others misfortunes to feel better about himself. Throw in a little misogynistic tendencies and you have the classic case study of a loser who never made it with the girls, never made it with education, and never made it in life. Sad that this is the only way he makes himself feel better about himself. One day, we will proaably be reading about "John" in the police blotter. Guys like him end up there one way or another.
Susanne May 18, 2012 at 02:07 AM
I worry that this girl shows very little remorse. She is still playing lacrosse and laughing and joking in her interview. Life goes on for her with what seems little change. Would people feel it was just a mistake if it was their family member hit? Of course, all one has to do is stand in front of the NC police station on South Avenue and see all the people talking and texting while driving, an accident waiting to happen Also, if people want to make an impact on the kids, have the police out on South Avenue, Farm, Old Stamford, etc at 2:15 giving tickets to the young drivers. That might actually make an impact.
Kat May 18, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Why direct your anger at John when he's just re-stating what's already been made public?
Kat May 18, 2012 at 02:34 AM
How do you know John is a ditch digger?
Kat May 18, 2012 at 02:36 AM
What if the victim of this tragedy had been a kid waiting at a bus stop (and there are SEVERAL on New Canaan Avenue)?
Kat May 18, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Ade May 18, 2012 at 03:06 AM
@ Kat - As I stated to John directly, it was the way in which he was making snide comments in an attempt to out her. If he just shared the link to the other publication he would have been sharing facts. That was not what he was doing. Most of his comments have been deleted as inappropriate because I don't see them here now.
John May 18, 2012 at 10:48 AM
Wrong on all counts, TP.
Glen K Dunbar May 18, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I know this may unsettle some of you. I do feel for the Victim and Family. Yet, I do feel for this Girl too. Imagine what She must be feeling and knowing She will have to carry this rest of her life. Plus, Why they try her as adult. She is just a child (16) and should be tried as such. I just hope She gets through it ok. I can't imagine the fear and paid she must be having. Poor Girl I also should politely note that I do not understand how her first name even got out or how some know who She is. Police not release that info....did they??? GLEN
WiltonTwinMom May 18, 2012 at 08:40 PM
I don't think her actions are limited to teenagers. I see adults doing the same things - texting, talking on the phone w/o handsfree, looking at their blackberries, etc. Children learn from example. I agree with the statements that 16 is way too young for a DL - I would even argue that 18 or even 21 is too young (and I'd love to see the age raised) - but I'm not sure that would stop these types of accidents. I was almost t-boned by a woman in a Suburban who was or reading her PDA while cruising about 50 MPH and blew through a red light. I had my young child in the car with me and if she had hit me (I moved out of the way while honking to get her attention, sparing us both about 2 inches), she would have killed either my child or me. This was not a child - this woman was at least in her 40s. As a related item - WHY in the world to kids need iphones?? I understand the need for a cellphone - for emergency calls and stuff like that - but WHY IN THE HECK do they need something as distracting as an iphone? It seems that the law should be that children under a certain age are now allowed to have phones that: text, browse, page, etc. They should have phones that do one and only one thing - take or make phone calls.
Ash we'd May 19, 2012 at 03:42 AM
I think education is key but don't think she will go to jail or should. I mean if she was 23 that's another story. She shouldn't be able to drive ever.
Ash we'd May 19, 2012 at 03:50 AM
I also think its a double standard though. They can't show her name but she can go to jail for an accident ok whatever. If she was attractive rather than a far pig then that's another story. She was driving a 91 4runner and she lived in new Canaan. That's grimy. Her parents must be retards too. Silver hill? I do feel sorry for her regardless. Actually it does matter if she was attractive or not to me because out she was ugly and had a lousy personality it would make sense of yeah this girls sucks she's an idiot. If she lived in a 9 million dollar house and was attractivr then that's another story. Oh she didn't know. Now she knows.
John May 19, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Married 18 years, not a divorce, Mensa member, #1 sales performer in the US for a multimillion dollar company, paid my own way to a state school--TP you are dead wrong.
Craig May 21, 2012 at 12:47 PM
you would make or are a defense lawyer. i like your hypothetical theories. the kid showed more responsibilty than Kate Regan so maybe they can be cell mates and huddle in the corners of their cell crying for their mamas.
Craig May 21, 2012 at 12:50 PM
two dueces or did i mean dunces. blame the dead? are you kidding. I sure you would say the same thing if Ken was your brother, friend or father.
T. Murphy May 21, 2012 at 05:00 PM
so what? sports is good for her especially now. She can't undo what she has done so all she can do is try to live right and focus on the future.
Dee May 24, 2012 at 02:10 AM
To "no name"...if my input was perceived in any way to say that she wanted this then my apologies - who could ever "want" this in their lives and I do not feel anger towards her - I feel empathy and extreme sorrow. I simply stated that until there are real LEGAL consequences for anyone doing something illegal on a phone while operating what turned out to be ultimately a weapon that took the life of a very dear friend, then MOST of the population will look at this and say "what a shame - poor them" and continue on their way - its a fact of life. I gather you are a friend of x, and I am personally glad that this will stay with you forever - it should - it stays with me and all of Ken's friends and family forever as well. I hope that your friend finds peace in her life at some point and that something good will come out of all of this. Today while "spring cleaning" I came across Ken's pay cheque for his cameo/extra role in "dancing with Shiva" (he was the chef at the wedding) and my immediate reaction was "oh I have to get this to Ken" - only to be immediately reminded that I can't - he's gone! So, while I understand your need and desire to defend your friend please understand that there are a bunch of people out there who can do nothing other than hope that your friend and all of your other friends have learned a very harsh lesson at the expense of my ex fiancee. No I am not angry or bitter - just really really sad - because it didnt have to happen!
Dee May 24, 2012 at 02:13 AM
NC Mom - thank you - and yes you are absolutely correct - it happens all over the country and world and like you this has inspired ME and everyone I know to be even more vigilant about what we do in our cars - they truly are a weapon and my heart goes out to this girl and her family, but, I also see the other side of the story - the family and friends who wake up every day and remember that they won't get to talk to Ken that day...so so sad all around
NCMom May 24, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Oh Dee, i am almost literally feeling your pain right now, am crying. this is such a tragic event. Your loss is horrific. I hope you are surrounded by many who can emotionally support and comfort you. And perhaps even consider counseling or a grieiving group at some point when you;re ready and if you need more help. I know no words can soothe, but just know my heart goes out to you and all of Ken's friends/family. A comeptle tradegy all around. God bless.
M. May 25, 2012 at 12:59 AM
With absolute and all do respect for the deceased, I think it is important to recognize the fact that this girl didn't murder this man, she made the mistake which murdered him. This is another tragedy in the struggle against distracted driving, nobody here is a murderer and everyone involved is a victim. She made a mistake that few people can claim to never making. From the little I have read and heard about this sad accident, including her continuing to live life, I think she should receive the minimal punishment, maximum support, and most importantly she should be an example of the fact that every time somebody drives distracted there is potential for a life to be taken. I know nobody involved, but am deeply sorry for EVERYONE connected to this.
Alyson May 25, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Why isn't Kate Regan in prison????
John June 02, 2012 at 03:32 PM
NC resident June 25, 2012 at 12:21 PM
no many of us are responsible drivers. I would hope NC moms would teach teens to be more responsible when driving. NC resident


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