Skip to comments.Conn. Teen Facing Homicide Charges After Accident That Killed Jogger [16-yo girl on cellphone]
Posted on 05/15/2012 3:11:26 AM PDT by ETL
NEW CANAAN, Conn. (CBSNewYork) A high school junior is facing homicide charges after being accused of running down a  jogger in Fairfield County.
Police said the accident was as simple as it was deadly. The cell phone was out in the drivers hand and the car veered for just a moment over the white line at the edge of the road before a sickening impact that left 44-year-old Kenneth Dorsey dead.
Now, the 16-year-old driver who hit him has been charged with negligent homicide. The juvenile was called in by Norwalk Police for an emotional reckoning. ..."
Authorities know when the accident happened from the 911 calls that came in and the cell phone contained the rest of the information they needed, including where the driver was, what she was doing and when she did it.
The very thing police said distracted her, sealed her fate, Young reported.
We do a forensic analysis of the phone after we get a search warrant for it, Chief Rilling said.
The victims companion said the arrest will help only if it spreads the word about the dangers of distracted driving. She said she thinks about the young driver a lot.
I cant even imagine what shes feeling and what her family is feeling. I sympathize with that, but at the same time, shes still here and can still do good from this and Ken is not, Dawn Jeffrey said.
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....I'm not overly sypathetic. Does she need to do jail time for this? Probably not. But does she need to get behind the wheel of a car again? Probably not, either.
Forensic analysis of phones is becoming much more common after accidents.
These days the data on there will also include passwords and credit card numbers if you surf the web with it and occasionally buy things.
Might be pictures that prosecutors might think are indicators of criminal activity.
It might be usefull to know how to quickly wipe your phone and then “lose” the sim card. Then it’s just a non working phone. It will then take a search warrant for them to try and get information and by then your lawyer can intercede.
I’m not sayin that this girl should have done that, she deserves to go to jail. But these days the LEO’s will take phones in any fender bender if they want to.
In my metro Boston area town, I am constantly amazed at the pedestrians on our winding, sidewalk-free roads. In the morning, at dawn, it is the walkers, dogwalkers and joggers, often not facing the traffic, sometimes two abreast. In the afternoon, even worse, there are often women (either mothers or nannies) pushing baby carriages along while drivers are rushing home. They all seem to think they’re too fabulous for someone not to see them and look out for them. Tragedies waiting to happen.
Drifting across the white line is an minor, offense...not deserving of a jail sentence.
Drifting across the white line AND killing someone, is NOT a minor offense, and severe punishment should ensue.
But you don’t seem to draw a distinction between the two. Please explain that to the dead man’s family.
if you have joggers running a foot outside the white lines in the same direction as traffic you might want to consider going to your local S&M store and buying some sort of a slap stick to carry with you when driving....
That is the seminal difference: observation.
Those who are distracted aren't observing the flow of traffic, aren't observing pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles, or objects in their path.
That leads to what are popularly called "accidents", but what are actually in the majority of cases negligent operation of the vehicle.
The cell phone is just another device by which the driver can be distracted from their primary task: operating the vehicle safely.
Both in 4-wheeled vehicles and while operating motorcycles I have on countless occasions avoided collisions by being more observant than those who were supposed to yield the right-of-way or even be driving in the other lane. In the past few years, cell phones have been evident in more than half of those incidents.
It is sad that the runner died, and that the girl is responsible for running him down--regardless of his poor choice of a place to run. Unfortunately, incidents such as this serve as grim reminders that the person behind the wheel is responsible for what they do with their vehicle and the results of those actions, insofar as they can control the outcome through their actions.
What I want to know, is if 'Driver's Education' is still being taught in schools. Maybe that would be time better spent than putting prophylactics on produce.
There are court decisions that have held a can be a dangerous weapon. Being such the driver has an added burden of using it with care. I don’t think using a cell phone while driving meets the standard required. Don’t make the victim a defendant. The young lady deserves time in prison to grow up and learn to respect the rights of those around her.
It's not illegal to snort Clorox while driving either...but would be very distracting also...and probably lead to an accident.
Since driving well is 99% judgment, you betray that assertion when you say this:
This jogger in all likelihood was running with his back to traffic one or two feet from the edge of the road and the DA is looking to be the next Mike Nifong or Martha Coakley as I mentioned.
If you believe anything this jogger did, short of running directly into the line of traffic, absolves the driver of any of her responsibility, I question your judgment.
When I drive, I consider it my responsibility to keep my car from hitting random stuff (light poles, mail boxes, humans) along the side of the road.
So you're actually trying to argue the case that, because a lot of people do something that's potentially dangerous, it should be accepted and ignored? What about all the a-holes who shoot through red lights unsuccessfully trying to beat them? What about all the a-holes that ride other drivers' rear bumpers on the highway, or who zig back and forth from one lane to another? Who cut you off without even bothering to signal? Suppose their actions injure or kill someone? If you can't hold your car in your lane, slow the F down!
Yes, this way you can see who it is that swerves and runs you over.
No doubt about it, there are a LOT of stupid friggin people in this world, as if the 2008 presidential election wasn't evidence enough. Early morning Sun in drivers' eyes don't help matters.
Absolutely there are certain circumstances where it's not easy to stay in a lane. There are major avenues here in Manhattan where the lines are so badly faded you can't even see them. Add that to the large number of idiots and maniacs driving here...
The problem is “scientists” counting ice layers as years when they should be counting them as snowstorms...
” I am all for making this as big a case as possible”
Sounds like you agree with the ‘crucify’ EPA guy.
If you do that, just make sure you watch out for cars pulling out. I had a friend that would have hit someone if I had not been in the car. She was pulling out on a road and was turning left. She was only looking to her left, when she started pulling out.
A guy walked in front of her car from the right. She would have hit him if I didn't scream stop.
It might have been completely her fault, but it really doesn't matter who is right when your dead. It made me completely understand the reason for going with traffic.
Believe me, I watch every driveway for cars moving or people getting into cars. I had a lady almost back into the dog and I when we were walking. She was on her cell phone and apologized as she was driving away.
[[NEW CANAAN, Conn. (CBSNewYork) A high school junior is facing homicide charges after being accused of running down a  jogger in Fairfield County.]]
New Canaan is a VERY wealthy town, they even rate their own 8-mile railroad branch from Stamford.
Chances are this girl’s parents have money. She won’t get off, but when the lawyers have had their say, she’ll “get light”.
“The cell phone should not be a factor until it becomes unlawful to use a cell phone while driving...”
It -is- unlawful to use a cell phone while driving in Connecticut, and has been so for a number of years.
It may be perfectly legal in the state from which you’re posting, but not so in CT...
I am not sure who “the ‘crucify’ EPA” guy is. If you mean the person who subsequently resigned from the EPA who wanted to make an example of a company under dubious conditions by imposing an out of proportion punishment, then no. If you mean the general principle of widely publicizing a case and the punishment - not arbitrarily increasing the punishment - then I guess I am in that camp.