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Tow truck driver killed by hit and run driver on I-91 in North Haven identified

The tow truck driver had pulled over to help someone who had broken down on the highway, fire officials said.
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NORTH HAVEN, Conn. — A tow truck driver who was assisting a disabled driver has died after being struck by a hit and run driver Saturday on Interstate 91 in North Haven, fire officials said. 

Officials said the incident started when a disabled driver pulled over to the side of the highway. 

A tow truck driver, 38-year-old Christopher Russell of Ellington, was driving by at the time, according to state police. He reportedly pulled over to help the driver.

A passing vehicle then struck Russell who was pronounced dead from his injuries. 

Police said the driver of the second vehicle then continued driving north on I-91 and collided with the wire-rope guide rail along the median near exit 14 in Wallingford.

The driver was found unconscious behind the wheel and they were taken to the hospital for evaluation. 

State police have not announced charges at this time regarding the crash. 

Anyone who may have witnessed the fatal crash is asked to contact Connecticut State Police Troop I at (203) 393-4200.

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