NORWALK, Conn. – The family of a man who was struck and killed by a distracted driver while jogging on New Canaan Avenue in Norwalk in 2012 commended a new state law requiring steep fines but said more still needs to be done, according to the New Canaan News.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Monday signed the Act Concerning the Penalty for Causing Harm to a Vulnerable User of a Public Way, which will fine drivers up to $1,000 who injure pedestrians, bicyclists, wheelchair-bound residents and anyone else who has right to the roadways, according to the New Canaan News.
Kenneth Dorsey, 44, was jogging in March 2012 when he was struck by a car driven by Brianna McEwan, a New Canaan High School student. McEwan had been checking her cellphone while driving, police said. She was a minor at the time of the accident and placed on probation.
Marlene and Leo Dorsey, Kenneth’s parents, hope lawmakers will support a law to make using mobile phones while driving illegal, the New Canaan News report said.