Greenwich Woman Hits Parked Car in Darien, Begs Owner Not to Call Police, Flees Scene

This week Darien Police arrested an Old Greenwich woman for hitting a parked car on Ledge Rd in Darien and leaving the scene.

The incident took place just before midnight on July 21. The driver, Layli Harandi, 39, of Sound Beach Ave in Old Greenwich  repeatedly took the hand of the car’s owner and begged him not to call police before she drove away from the scene, Darien police said.

According to police, the owner of the car that was hit said Harandi had alcohol on her breath. The police report said her birth date was July 21, so that Sunday was her birthday.

Darien Police applied for and received an arrest warrant for Harandi.

On Tuesday Sept 10, almost two months after the crash, Harandi turned herself in at Darien Police Headquarters on an outstanding warrant.

The police account includes accusations not proven in court. Police gave these additional details:

Just before midnight, a Ledge Rd resident told police he heard a loud crash outside his home. He went outside and saw a white Kia sedan had struck his vehicle, which was parked on the side of the road.

As he approached, Harandi got out of the car and talked to him about “taking care of the problem.” She grabbed his hand more than once and begged him not to call police. He did anyway, at midnight.

The man said her breath smelled of an alcoholic drink, her speech was slurred and she was stumbling when she walked.

She drove off before police arrived, and police couldn’t find her. Police were able to identify her, although they didn’t say how. Several times, they called her but got no response. The police officer who called her later received a return call from a lawyer who said he or she was representing Harandi.

The lawyer told police that Harandi would not make any statements and that her vehicle was currently unregistered. Police applied for an arrest warrant, which was approved by a prosecutor and granted by a judge.

After being processed for Evading Responsibility, Failure to Drive in Proper Lane and Failure to Insure  a Motor Vehicle, Harandi was released on a $500 cash bond and is scheduled to appear Sept 20 in Stamford Superior Court.

She wasn’t charged with driving while under the influence, police said.

“In incidents such as these,” according to the police announcement from Sgt James Palmieri, a spokesman for the Darien Police Dept, “police are unable to charge the suspect for DUI as they cannot testify that they personally observed the suspect show signs of intoxication, and are unable to give the opportunity for the appropriate on-scene field testing.”