HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) - After a jogger was killed by a distracted driver, a Connecticut town is planning a forum on the dangers of driving while distracted, WCBS 880 Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reported.
New Canaan Police Plan Distracted Driving Forum After Jogger’s Death
Kenneth Dorsey, 43, of Norwalk, was jogging out along Route 123 in New Canaan on March 24, training for a marathon, when he was struck and killed by a teenage driver.
The driver, a 16-year-old girl, was reportedly surfing the web when she struck Dorsey.
She was charged Saturday with negligent homicide with a motor vehicle, using a handheld telephone under age 18 while driving, and failure to drive in the proper lane.
Police have responded by staging a forum on the dangers of distracted driving, which will be held on June 6.
Captain Leon Krowlikowski said that, locally, police issue two or three dozen tickets a month, but that only scratches the surface of how much distracted driving actually occurs.
“There’s literally hundreds of violations every day. You just watch any line of traffic in town, you’ll see people on their cell phones and not paying attention to what they should be doing,” Krowlikowski told Schneidau.
Krowlikowski said drivers who have a phone in one hand and the wheel of a car in the other should remember this tragedy because it devastated the young girl and it will be with her for the rest of her life.
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