Ridgefield Man Indentified As Driver In Crash That Killed Teen

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Items have been placed on a tree stump along Ridgebury Road in Ridgefield in memory of Emma Sandhu, who was killed last Friday night while walking along the road near her home.
Items have been placed on a tree stump along Ridgebury Road in Ridgefield in memory of Emma Sandhu, who was killed last Friday night while walking along the road near her home. Photo Credit: File
Emma Sandhu, a sophomore at Ridgefield High School, died last week after she was hit by a car on Ridgebury Road.
Emma Sandhu, a sophomore at Ridgefield High School, died last week after she was hit by a car on Ridgebury Road. Photo Credit: Kane Funeral Home

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- A 24-year-old man from Ridgefield was driving the car that hit and killed a 15-year-old girl who was walking along a town road last Friday night, the NewsTimes.com reported

But Ridgefield police did not release the name of the driver who hit and killed Emma Sandhu on Ridgebury Road, the NewsTimes.com said. The driver remained at the scene after the accident and cooperated with police officers, the NewsTimes.com said. No charges have been filed, and the investigation continues.

Emma was a sophomore at Ridgefield High School who enjoyed dancing, especially ballet. She was walking with a group of friends when the accident occurred about 9:30 p.m. March 14. Emma lived on Benson Road, which is a short distance from the accident scene.

Read more about the accident and about Emma here on the Daily Voice.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Emma E. Sandhu Scholarship Fund, Ridgefield High School, 700 N. Salem Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877.

Read the full story here at the NewsTimes.com website.

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Are we talking about the same ROAD EMMA. I passed the site where the teddy is and that road is like a main road and is just like thousands i have traveled in my life. And anyone that knows that road knows it is not safe to pick up passengers in the street. Once again why was she not picked up at the house. Just like i would do with my kids. Either way for some reason you are talking around this issue and i think you are missing what happened here. Time will tell. I just hope the PD releases all the info thruthfully.

A Powers:

You can form your own story about what happened if you choose. The reality is that Emma called someone to pick her up at her friends house, the person came and there was another car behind the person who picked her up that saw every single detail. As an infrequent visitor to that area, it seems like that street is a main vein, not sure if you're familiar with it, but it could most definitely use lights & a sidewalk!

I think there is a misinformation since the police reported Emma was walking with their friends. It wouldn't make sense if she was waiting to be picked up from the friend's house. I guess every single house in the area has a driveway and she would be waiting in the driveway and not outside the street. I still believe the driver was not fully responsible since he remained after the accident and he was cooperative with the police.

Emma for some reason you are making excuses that are out of context about this. There are no street lights on the road i live on and many other roads in the state as well. Clearly the girl did not want to be picked up at this house and why. Or was she and her friends leaving this house in a HURRY. The whole thing sounds like a party gone wrong and kids doing wrong things.

It is obvious that picking someone up in the street is a very bad idea, in that area especially. I don't know how people put up with that street anyways, having no lights & no sidewalk! Doesn't the town feel that's important??? How many more accidents are they waiting for?

@ EMMA since when does someone pick up a passenger in the street. Would you not think they would have picked her up at the house or driveway of the house where there might have been a party. I do not know many people picking up people in the street. Very strange to me.

She was not walking the streets, she was crossing the street to get in the car that was picking her up from a friends house. I'm sure the person that chose to pull over on the opposite side of the road is utterly devastated, as well as the driver who may have been blinded by the lights of that car facing his direction. I don't think that she planned on getting hit by a car when she crossed the road to catch her ride that night so she probably didn't choose the color of her outfit based on that.

Pretty sad tragedy but I don't think the driver was the one to blame. I have seen many times I have seen irresponsible people walking late night wearing dark clothes going for a walk alone or with their kids not wearing any protection outfit to walk at night. I would blame the parents for the accident. She was underage and walking with the friends at night? really? Where were the parents?. If the accident would occur during the day yes the driver need to get full punishment but driving at dark plus she was wearing dark clothes? It gets dark by 6pm. Cmon!

Doesn't sound likely...it's 9:00...the night is just beginning and you call to get a ride home...pretty sure you're not going to go home that early if you're in a bad condition and your parents are present & strict(which they are btw). The more plausible scenario is that your just not feel'in it, your ready to go home and you call for a ride to be rescued from your predicament. But in any case, the other driver behind her ride home saw everything so hopefully the authorities can get their facts together and report them.

If that's the case, that there was a party with no parents present , then that's a good thing that she called someone to pick her up to take her home. It was 9:00 pm not 2:00 in the morning!

What we don't know is information about the driver...how fast was he driving? Was he texting? Was he busy looking at the car that had pulled over on the other side to pick up Emma? How was he distracted? Did he just not see her? As sensationalized as people are trying to make it ie. party, kids drinking etc. That really has nothing to do with it, after 6 hrs. of school & 3 hrs of dance class, dinner, shower & primping time, that really doesn't leave enough time to get turnt up and then leave a friends house just after 9:00. What it boils down to is a very sad, unfortunate case of someone crossing the street at the same time that someone else is not paying full attention. There were also actually 2 cars; the one picking up Emma pulled over and then the one pulled up behind that car, waiting to pass and unfortunately for that poor soul, witnessed the entire tragedy. God bless all the families involved-so tragic

@ emma i think there is a great amount of info already known. For example the girl as i was told actually died at the scene but the authorities did not divulge that to not tramatize the other kids. The PD will release all the info when they conduct there final report. It seems like a party was evident and we all know what kids do at parties when parents are not home. tragic set of circumstances. She was a beautiful girl. may God rest her soul!!

These types of cover ups are very common with the Republicans.

Good thinking AL. The driver said he did not see her. He herd a noise and stopped. From what i was told she was in the street in black clothes. And a car was parked in the road either picking someone up or asking if the kids needed help. Either way this driver will forever be devastated. Who wouldn't be. And if by chance drinking was involved HOLY SMOKES. That would be a crime. And a shame . Time will tell.

Once the incident is officially reported, then we the people can render our opinions!

Exactly! It would just be great if they could report the WHOLE story, but they are leaving out all the details or are not privy to them per RPD. There were PLENTY of witnesses and it's not like the truth is not evident, it's just that it is not being reported.

Sad

A .... What is sad is that the facts do not get presented. Ever ... All in the name of protecting something or some one.

I just want to know what happened when I read a story ... A sad one or happy one.

Another point of light in the puzzle ... People do not stop on that dark road to pick people up ... Everyone has driveways ... Who stopped to pick her up in the road .... Really ... as negligent as the driver.

Sad the reason they are withholding the name of the driver is most likely for retaliation on that already have judged him GUILTY. So as AL is screaming Homicide this is why the PD is investigating before posting info. This accident just might be another party thing where the kids were doing illegal activities. This has happened many many times in Ridgefield and is very common. Also the owner of the home where the party was held also has to be investigated as well. This is not cut and dry as AL makes it to be!!

I couldn't agree with you more, A Powers. The police have an obligation to protect that boy from people who are looking for someone to blame rather than waiting for all the facts to be presented. Why is there no compassion for this person? Most of us have been in situations on these roads when people or animals have come out of nowhere and it's very scary. I always think "there but for the Grace of God go I." The mob mentality of arrest the driver is a shame.

Sad but true Ireen Burgess was in fact caught stealing and not removed by the BOE. Sounds fishy to me and opther people like Masters was arrested for DUI. One has to wonder if he was ever stopped in town??? But this tragedy is not cut and dry. PARTY???? ALCOHOL>>> DRUGS ???? This all has to be investigated and released to the public. I am certain the driver is competent and will in my view be traumatized for life. So until all the facts of the accident are investigated and released no one has the right to judge AL. I am thinking there is miss conduct from the victim. But all speculation till the investigation is released to the public. Weather all is released is another issue. just as in the sandy hook shooting that investigation was suppressed altered and we were lied to. No question in my mind about that. But this is still fresh and give the authorities time to investigate.

Al, perhaps before you call for someone to be arrested for vehicular homicide you should be aware of all of the facts surrounding the case. My heart breaks for Emma's family, but it also breaks for this young man who I feel sure did not hit this child on purpose. Please think before making rash judgements and comments that you are unqualified to make. A little compassion for all parties involved seems warranted to me. I also believe that just because someone dies in an accident does not mean they bear no responsibility for the outcome. Peace to all involved.

newsjunkie - wake up - i support following post - did u read it? RIPEmma:
What is the additional information released? I'm curious as to why this person's identity is being so safely guarded? Just because they stopped at the scene and were cooperative with police is not heroic nor unusual, any decent human being would follow those steps. Emma was waiting outside for a ride home from her friend's house and was attempting to get in the car to go home at 9:30 at night, there were other teens there and cars as well. How come this driver is not being held accountable immediately such as would be the case in every other instance? This is a case of vehicular homicide, not a wait and see situation. RIP dear Emma

News .. How would one become aware of all the facts when the news media will not report them? Will not look for,them ... And ... Maybe even hide them?

Kinda unfortunate how news like this sorta "seeps out" ... And normally fades away ... Like the police shooting the resident in his kitchen ... Kinda counting on the short memory of the general public.
So ... Girl at party being picked up .. Plenty people there ... Story will come out ... Negligence, alcohol, etc., etc, etc. Anyone ever go to journalism school at the Press, Patch, Voice, etc.? The only real news comes from Comments and the News Times .... Why?

Leoj's correct - NT's comments tell all! Ridgefield has history of cover-ups & residents getting off on RPD charges too. Ridgefield Board of Education Vice Chairwoman Mrs. Sturgess was arrested by RPD last election day for shoplifting in Copp's Hill Plaza and claimed it was a mistake and now case has been reportedly dropped. Yet, she's STILL on the BOE - leaving people to wonder and kids too what kind of a role model is she? Many more cases to report too. Matter of time!

I agree w/RIPEmma. Why is the RPD hiding the name of driver? The driver killed Emma & should be arrested for vehicular homicide.

What is the additional information released? I'm curious as to why this person's identity is being so safely guarded? Just because they stopped at the scene and were cooperative with police is not heroic nor unusual, any decent human being would follow those steps. Emma was waiting outside for a ride home from her friend's house and was attempting to get in the car to go home at 9:30 at night, there were other teens there and cars as well. How come this driver is not being held accountable immediately such as would be the case in every other instance? This is a case of vehicular homicide, not a wait and see situation. RIP dear Emma