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.