Waterford man gets suspended sentence, probation in pedestrian death

A 55-year-old Waterford man apologized to the family of the late Robert Dixon Jr. this morning as he was sentenced to a year of probation and 100 hours of community service for striking and killing Dixon with his car on Nov. 12, 2010.

Syrka Kutrolli pleaded no contest to negligent homicide and was sentenced by Judge Kevin P. McMahon in New London Superior Court.

Kutrolli struck Dixon as he attempted to pass an sport utility vehicle that had slowed to turn into the Waterford Library on Rope Ferry Road. Kutrolli did not immediately see Dixon, 95, who was in the crosswalk, and when he did see him he swerved to avoid him, according to prosecutor Christa L. Baker.

Dixon was struck by the rear view mirror of Kutrolli’s car and was pronounced dead at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital. 

“I am so, so sorry,” Kutrolli said to Chris Dixon, the son of the victim.

Dixon said his father was in excellent shape and led an active lifestyle despite his age. Dixon said he understands it was an accident.

“The bottom line is, my father was alive and active,” said Dixon. “He had no medical conditions that were going to shorten his life and his life was ended immediately.”

Defense attorney Ronald F. Stevens said Kutrolli, who works as a janitor for the Waterford schools and has a second job, was on his way from one job to the other when he accident occurred. There were no drugs or alcohol involved.



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