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Teen hits parked BMW, flees scene

Published 11:07 am, Tuesday, March 4, 2014
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A 16-year-old New Canaan resident was arrested Feb. 28 on misdemeanor charges of evading responsibility, improper parking and violation of a passenger restriction.

Police said she left the scene after hitting a parked vehicle while driving her car on Elm Street. A New Canaan resident who was standing on the sidewalk near the corner of South Street watched her attempting to park the 2005 Ford station wagon and strike a parked 2013 BMW, according to the report. The man noticed the teenager was driving "a little too fast," police said.

The witness then approached her and saw that there were three other teenagers in the car, according to police. When he asked if they were OK, she said they were and asked him if the car she hit was his, police said. He said it wasn't and asked her to wait there so he could locate the owner, police said. But as he went inside a restaurant to try to find the driver of the BMW, the teenager drove away, according to the report. However, the man had jotted down her car's marker plate number and called police.

After an officer identified the vehicle, he contacted the teen's parents, according to the report.

She turned herself in after learning of the charges against her. Under state law, newly licensed drivers are prohibited from carrying passengers, police said. The teen obtained her license within the past three months, according to police. The restriction applies for the first six months.

She posted $50 bond for the evading responsibility charge and is scheduled to appear in court March 12.