CROMWELL—Just hours after state representative James O'Rourke learned he would not be facing any criminal charges, he addressed the Sinisgalli family.
"I would first like to take this opportunity to express my condolences to the family of Carol Sinisgalli for their tragic loss," said O'Rourke.
New Britain's State Attorney released an extensive report on Wednesday and detailed why the office found insufficient evidence to charge O'Rourke for the death of Carol Sinisgali, who was 41 years old.
"On the evening in question I attempted to do what I thought was necessary to protect her," said O'Rourke.
The report went back to the night of January 21, 2009, the night Sinisgalli was last seen alive and last seen with O'Rourke at the Digger McDuff's bar in Cromwell. Sinisgalli had apparently attacked several of the bar's patrons and according to sworn statements by O'Rourke, Sinisgalli forced her way into his car and demanded a ride home. However, when they reached her neighborhood, Sinisgalli's rowdiness continued. O'Rourke told police Sinisgalli then got out of the car on her own and ran across the road. Her body was found a half mile from that location the next day.
"From day one I was adamant that both legally and factually there was no crime that was committed by Representative O'Rourke," said O'Rourke's attorney, Jake Donovan.
The State's Attorney's office agreed and said "The known actions of Mr. O'Rourke do not establish that he was the proximate cause of Ms. Sinisgalli's death."
An autopsy showed Sinisgalli had cocaine and traces of an anti-depressant in her system, but investigators could not prove it came from O'Rourke. The report did however question O'Rourke's judgment in leaving Sinisgalli alone to fend for herself, a point his attorney disagreed with.