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New Canaan Teen Charged with Negligent Homicide in SUV vs. Jogger Death

Norwalk man, who was jogging along New Canaan Ave., died in March after he was transported to the hospital.

New Canaan Teen Charged with Negligent Homicide in SUV vs. Jogger Death

NORWALK—A 16-year-old New Canaan girl was arrested by warrant Saturday, accused of that resulted in fatal injuries.

The girl, who authorities can't identify because of her age, was charged with negligent homicide with a motor vehicle, use of a handheld telephone by someone under 18 years old, and failure to drive in the proper lane.

She came to police headquarters after being told officers had obtained a warrant for her arrest.

She will be prosecuted in Juvenile Court in Bridgeport, which is not open to the public. Her first court appearance is scheduled for May 24.

The man killed, 44-year-old Norwalk resident Kenneth Dorsey, was struck from behind on March 24  at about 9:30 a.m. while he was jogging along the roadside in the area of 229 New Canaan Ave. He was alive but unconscious when emergency personnel arrived. He later died in Norwalk Hospital.

A police news release issued Monday says his cause of death is still undetermined.

At the time of the accident, police said the driver had obtained her license about three and half months earlier.

She was driving a Toyota 4-Runner on New Canaan Avenue when Dorsey was struck. She remained at the scene following the accident.

Under Connecticut motor vehicle laws, it is illegal for someone under the age of 18 to use a handheld phone, even if a hands-free accessory is available.

Negligent homicide with a motor vehicle is punishable with a fine of $1,000 or up to six months in prison, or both.

[Editor's Note: This article was updated with info from Norwalk Patch etc.]

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