Woman fatally struck on I-95 in Bridgeport

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A woman was killed on I-95 in Bridgeport after she stopped to take care of a sick child and was hit by a passing car.

It happened Saturday around 11 p.m. on Exit 27 southbound on the ramp.

State police say Enma Torres, 31, of Ansonia, pulled over her car on the ramp. News 12 Connecticut is told Torres was out of the car tending to her sick daughter in the back seat when another car drove by and sideswiped her.

Police say there were four other people in the car, including Torres' two kids and her sister. None of them were hurt.

The driver who hit Torres did stop and told police she just didn't see Torres. Police say not only was it dark out, but the area isn't safe to stop in.

Police tell News 12 Connecticut that it's a violation of state law to pull over on the side of an interstate or limited access highway unless a vehicle is having problems or it's an emergency. They say if someone needs to stop and it’s not an emergency, they should wait until the next exit or rest stop.

If there is an emergency, police advise drivers to pull all the way over to the right in a spot with a wider shoulder. They also say hazard lights should be activated.

“We have troopers getting hit with lights flashing on the side of the road on the shoulder so magnify that by having a civilian car with no lights flashing in the darkness, and these types of tragedies happen,” said Sgt. Robert Derry with Connecticut State Police.

The incident is under investigation, and police say it's too early to say whether charges will be filed.

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