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Corbet undergoing rehab

Updated 11:55 am, Thursday, December 12, 2013

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  • Town Council member Kathleen Corbet was hit by a truck while crossing Locust Avenue Dec. 6. She was transported to Norwalk Hospital with possible head injuries. Photo: File Photo, Contributed / New Canaan News Contributed
    Town Council member Kathleen Corbet was hit by a truck while crossing Locust Avenue Dec. 6. She was transported to Norwalk Hospital with possible head injuries. Photo: File Photo, Contributed

 

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Town Council member Kathleen Corbet, who was hit by a pickup truck in downtown New Canaan last week, is out of the intensive care unit, her husband, Randy, said Wednesday.

In an email to the New Canaan News, Corbet's husband said she's working on her rehab and is "progressing nicely."

Corbet, 53, was crossing Locust Avenue at the intersection of Main Street Friday night, Dec. 6, when a 2012 Dodge Ram struck her at about 8:55 p.m., according to police.

She was crossing at the corner by the New Canaan Thrift Shop, police said. The driver, 42-year-old Gary A. Bauersfeld, of New Canaan, was heading south on Main Street before he turned left on Locust Avenue, according to police.

Police said it was dark and raining heavily that night. As soon as Bauersfeld saw Corbet, police said, he hit the brakes, but the car slid on the wet road.

New Canaan Police Sgt. Carol Ogrinc said Corbet was transported to Norwalk Hospital by ambulance for possible head injuries.

First Selectman Robert Mallozzi said he has been keeping in touch with the family since she went to the hospital. "She's a dear friend of mine," Mallozzi said. "I was absolutely shocked and very well concerned about her well-being and the magnitude of her injuries."

Bauersfeld, who remained at the scene, was issued an infraction for failure to grant the right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, Ogrinc said.

The side of the intersection where Corbet was walking does not have a crossing signal.

Mallozzi said the town has "actively been working to try to improve that whole area" and make it safer for pedestrians.

Corbet, a Democrat, was elected to the Town Council in November. She also served four years on the Board of Finance and has been a member of the Town Hall Building Committee since 2012. She was named interim chief financial officer in 2012 following Gary Conrad's departure.

Corbet was named president of Standard & Poor's in 2004, a position she held until spring 2009.

noliveira@bcnnew.com, 203-330-6582, @olivnelson