BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — Sacred Heart University junior Kaitlyn Doorhy, hit by a car a Friday near the school, has died, her parents and St. Vincent’s Medical Center confirned Saturday afternoon.
Early Saturday, police said Doorhy died, but recanted several hours later. Then the hospital issued a statement shortly after 2 p.m. that she was dead. The exact time of death was not immediately available, and police did not immediately say if any charges would be filed against the driver, who stopped after the accident.
The latest press release, about 2 p.m., stated:
“This morning [Saturday] the parents of Kaitlyn Doorhy gave permission for St. Vincent’s Medical Center to confirm that their daughter had died from injuries she sustained on Friday afternoon. Her parents have agreed that her organs would be donated for transplant. Mr. Doorhy said, ‘Kaitlyn is an organ donor and will help save the lives of others.’
‘Our hearts grieve with the Doorhy family. There are thousands of individuals waiting for lifesaving organs or tissue,’ said Brooke Karlsen, vice president, St. Vincent’s Surgical Services. ‘We hope it provides comfort to Kaitlyn’s family and the Sacred Hear tUniversity community to know that Kaitlyn’s generous gift of life will save lives.'”
St. Vincent’s Medical Center will fly the Donate Life flag in Kaitlyn’s honor, police said.
Sacred Heart University President John J. Petillo said Saturday afternoon that, “It is with a heavy heart that I share news just issued this afternoon by St. Vincent’s Medical Center that Kaitlyn Doorhy has passed away as a result of the injuries she sustained when she was struck by a motor vehicle yesterday. Last night, more than 700 people gathered in the quad, along with Kaitlyn’s parents, for a candlelight vigil-offering up love and prayers and coming together as our community always does, good times or bad. I know your love and support meant a great deal to the Doorhys and will continue to in the coming days and weeks.”
“I was unable to attend last night’s vigil, as I was dropping off my own daughter for her sophomore year of college. As you can imagine, my thoughts have been a jumble of love for her and sorrow for Kaitlyn’s family and friends and for the loss of such a vibrant member of our community. I am thinking of the members of the class of 2018 who are moving in this weekend and hearing this sad news on a day that should be all about excitement and expectations,” he said.
“I am on my way back to campus now and am anxious to be with all of you during this bittersweet time. I think it is important that we continue to celebrate the beginning of a new academic year even as we grieve for the loss of Kaitlyn. Everything I have heard about Kaitlyn-her caring for others, her dreams to be an attorney, the way she embraced life-tells me that she would expect this from us. I want to remind you that counseling services are available today through the Wellness Center in HC-108 for any students, faculty and staff who would like to take advantage of them,” the president said. “We will have a memorial mass for Kaitlyn next week and will share the details as soon as they are in place. In the meantime, I ask that you continue to pray for Kaitlyn and her family and that you take care of one another.”