New Canaan's Regan case remains unresolved
Published 7:42 pm, Friday, October 11, 2013
It's been 34 months since police arrested New Canaan's Kate Regan on charges of negligent homicide with a motor vehicle and evading responsibility resulting in physical injury or death in relation to the death of fellow resident Krishna Jayaraman.
More than 30 court continuances have taken place in the intervening months, and a trial date has not yet been set.
Regan's attorney, John Gulash, said there is nothing unusual about the amount of time the case is taking. Regan has been out on $10,000 bond.
"Court dockets around the state are backed up," he said. "It's not in the least bit unusual."
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Gulash said the prosecutor has been in court on another case and that the judge was recently transferred to Bridgeport.
"There's nothing really particularly different about this case," Gulash said. "I'll give you an example, the Teri Buhl case. " That ultimately went to trial, but it was kicking around for a few years."
Buhl was found guilty on misdemeanor charges of harassment and breach of peace in April, stemming from an incident in which police said she harassed her then-boyfriend's daughter by posting personal parts of the girl's private journals online in June 2010 under a made-up name. The case took about three years to go to trial.
On Aug. 18, New Canaan police found Jayaraman, 82, on the side of Oenoke Ridge with serious injuries. He was transported by the police to Norwalk Hospital, where he later died.
Shortly after the incident, officers determined through their investigation that the vehicle that struck Jayaraman was a 2008 Infiniti QX56, which was driven by a female New Canaan resident. A later police report on the incident noted that three DNA samples from the mirror assembly matched Jayaraman's.
According to Regan's affidavit, she was headed to a wedding in Albany, N.Y., immediately after the accident.
The initial police report states Regan, now 35, admitted she was not aware of hitting anyone except "possibly" a mailbox as she was "changing a DVD" for a 19-month-old child, who was in the back seat, and "veered over." Regan initially changed her story about the damage to her mirror, according to the report.
Before her claim about the mailbox, the affidavit states she told the police and her husband she believed someone had damaged her mirror in a parking lot in New Canaan.
According to the affidavit, when her husband, Mike Regan, asked her why she lied about someone damaging the mirror, she said she was afraid he would be furious about her hitting a mailbox.
Shortly after the accident, Regan went to a gas station to inquire about repairing the damage on her vehicle. Gas station attendants who spoke to Regan said she seemed "calm and not nervous or agitated."
The document also said her husband fully cooperated with the investigation. He stated that his wife was "extremely distraught with the realization that she may have been involved in a serious accident" in the affidavit.
Regan's next court date is Friday, Nov. 1, at 10 a.m. in Norwalk Superior Court.
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