Extended story: Jerome Kilty dies in car crash, other victim is identified

Jerome Kilty

One of the victims in a two-car accident on Georgetown Road has died.

Jerome Kilty, 90, of Hillside Road North in Weston, a renowned actor and playwright, died on Friday, Sept. 7, at Norwalk Hospital of cardiac arrest, according to Weston Police Chief John Troxell.

Mr. Kilty was one of two drivers injured in the crash, which occurred around 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5.

The other driver was Balvin Petgrave of Bridgeport, whom police found lying on the road when they arrived on the scene. He was transported to Norwalk Hospital where he was reported to be in serious condition. He has since been released.

Police were initially unable to positively identify Mr. Petgrave because he was not carrying identification with him at the time of the accident, but the vehicle was registered to him, and police were later able to identify him.

Georgetown Road was closed between Old Mill Road and Godfrey Road West for several hours following the accident. “It was a very busy time and couldn’t have happened in a busier area,” Chief Troxell said.

Police reconstructed the accident scene, and while the incident is still under investigation, they believe Mr. Kilty was driving down Hillside Road North when his car crashed into the Petgrave vehicle, which was headed northbound on Georgetown Road. “His car appears to have plowed into the side of the other car without stopping at the stop sign on Hillside Road North,” Chief Troxell said.

It is not yet known if the cardiac arrest Mr. Kilty suffered occurred before, during, or after the crash. Police say they are still waiting for the autopsy report.

Mr. Kilty was both a celebrated playwright and actor. His plays include Dear Liar: A Comedy of Letters, adapted from the correspondence between George Bernard Shaw and Mrs. Patrick Campbell; Dear Love, based on the poems and letters of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning; and The Ides of March.

As an actor, he appeared on Broadway in the plays Mastergate, Quadrille, and A Moon for the Misbegotten, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award.

He appeared internationally in many shows and was in the cast of the first international tour of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

In 1948, Mr. Kilty co-founded the Brattle Theater Company in Cambridge, Mass. He also appeared on early television shows such as Kraft Television Theatre, Studio One, and Hallmark Hall of Fame.

He was predeceased by his wife and touring co-star Cavada Humphrey in 2007.

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  • kats123

    So very sad. I have never seen such disgraceful driving as driving in Weston. There are disabled and elderly people walking as well as kids. The situation has certainly become untenable.

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