New Canaan mom sent home instead of p...

New Canaan mom sent home instead of prison

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Matawan, NJ

#1 Nov 3, 2013
A mother of two young children, sobbing as she pleaded guilty to running down an 82-year-old New Canaan man in front of his home three years ago, was allowed to return home to her family Friday.

Kate Regan, 35, could have faced more than five years in prison for the Aug. 18, 2010, death of Krishna Jayaraman.

But after an emotional appeal from the victim's family, Superior Court Judge Maureen Dennis instead sentenced Regan to a suspended five-year term with five years' probation on the charges of negligent homicide with a motor vehicle and evading responsibility.

"We feel that asking for revenge is not the right solution," the victim's son, Dr. Krishna Jayaraman, told the judge during the emotional hearing.

"I just don't want those kids (Regan's children) to suffer for the mistakes she made. I would like the court to punish her for leaving my father to die. I don't think jail would be a solution for her children."

Blinking back tears Regan responded to the son: "I waited and waited a very long time to reach out to you to express my deepest sympathy and regret for your very tragic loss.

It's crucially important to me that you know not a day goes by that I don't think of your father. I live with this every single day and will for the rest of my life."

Later, outside the courtroom the two shook hands. Jayaraman said told Regan his family feels forgiveness for her.

"I think he said it beautifully," Jayaraman's lawyer, Frederic Ury, said Saturday. He declined further comment. Regan's lawyer, John R. Gulash, also declined comment.

The elder Jayaraman had been walking on Oenoke Ridge Road in front of his home when he was struck by a car, according to the police report.

The impact sent him flying more than 20 feet.

Police said the driver of the car, later identified as Regan, took off leaving only her side-view mirror at the scene.

Jayaraman was later pronounced dead at Norwalk Hospital.

Assistant State's Attorney Nicole Peco, had urged the judge to sentence Regan to at least a year in prison.

"The defendant left the scene and engaged in a series of lies, contacted multiple insurance companies, without contacting police," Peco said.

But Dennis, who met with the victim's son prior to the hearing, disagreed.

"I was impressed by what Dr. Krishna said and the reasons he said it," she said.

"It's quite a remarkable position, and but for that position, the sentencing here today would be very different. I'm hoping the sentence today will achieve a fair and equitable result, and, indeed, honor Dr. Krishna's father."

In addition to the suspended sentence, Dennis ordered Regan to do 300 hours of community service with senior citizens especially those who have lost a loved one.

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#2 Nov 3, 2013
Sent her home to her kids.

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