Sacred Heart junior dies after being hit by car

Parents donate her organs to save others, according to St. Vincent's

A Sacred Heart University junior has died after being hit by a car Friday on Madison Avenue in Bridgeport.

Kaitlyn Doorhy, of Mattituck, N.Y., was struck while crossing Madison Avenue around 12:30 p.m. Friday.

Saturday, St. Vincent’s Medical Center announced that Doorhy’s parents had given permission 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.

“Kaitlyn is an organ donor and will help save the lives of others,” her father said in a statement from St. Vincent’s.

“Our hearts grieve with the Doorhy family. There are thousands of individuals waiting for lifesaving organs or tissue”, said Brooke Karlsen, Vice President, Surgical Services. “We hope it provides comfort to Kaitlyn’s family and the Sacred Heart University 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.

Doorhy was stuck in the 2900 block of Madison Avenue while crossing the road with another woman. Police said the first woman was ahead of Doorhy. Doorhy was struck when a car headed north swerved to avoid the first woman, according to a preliminary investigation by Bridgeport Police.

The driver of the vehicle has been identified by police as Brandon M. Pouncie, 28, of Bridgeport. The incident remains under investigation. At this time, no charges have been filed, police said.

The driver remained at the scene.

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