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Police identify pedestrian killed while retrieving cell phone on I-95 in Orange

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Police have identified the man who was struck and killed by a car while walking on Interstate 95 in Orange to retrieve a cell phone he had dropped, overnight Monday.

Connecticut State Police say that at around 2:30 a.m., troopers responded to reports of a pedestrian accident on I-95 northbound, just north of exit 41.

Upon arrival, troopers found that an Acura MDX had struck a person who was walking on the highway. 

Related: I-95 north reopens in Orange after pedestrian struck, killed

The pedestrian was later identified as 34-year-old Hoa Ngo, of Sacramento, California. He was pronounced dead on scene. 

An investigation revealed that Ngo was traveling with three male friends in a pickup truck, towing a boat trailer, when he accidentally dropped his cell phone out of an open window. The pickup truck then stopped in the right shoulder and Ngo ran across the three lanes of I-95 to retrieve his cell phone.

According to troopers, while walking back across the highway with his phone, Ngo was struck by the Acura when standing in the left lane. 

Police say all parties involved are being cooperative and that nothing suspicious was found on scene.

The incident remains under investigation. 

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