MONTVILLE, Conn. (WTNH) – Police are offering tips on highway safety after two pedestrians were struck and killed while outside a broken-down car on I-395 north in Montville late Friday night.

State police identified the pedestrians as 33-year-old Jamie Krajewski and 17-year-old Tyshon Ozzie Harper. Both have the same Norwich address, according to state police.

Police said one car was disabled on the right shoulder, and a second car was parked in front of it. At 11:24 p.m., a third car that was in the right lane crossed the line into the shoulder and struck both cars and both pedestrians before striking a guardrail and coming to a stop.

Police said two other pedestrians were also struck by the disabled car after the third car hit it and pushed it into those pedestrians. Those pedestrians were not seriously injured.

The driver of the car that struck the pedestrians has been identified as 28-year-old Derion Coker of Rhode Island. Coker received minor injuries.

Theresa Cross knows how dangerous the shoulder of the highway can be. Seven years ago, her close friend pulled over on the shoulder and was killed after she was hit by a driver, speeding, and not paying attention.

“We all want to make it home safe,” Cross said. “What I have to say for CT residents, be careful, mindful, when you get into the vehicle.”

She was upset to learn about the deadly accident on I-395.

As the state police accident reconstruction team pieces together the moments leading up to the deadly crash, they say these accidents are preventable.

“We want to get people off the highway as soon as possible,” Sgt. Christine Jeltema of Connecticut State Police said.

Knowing the safety risks, state police troopers will pull over to get drivers and cars off the side of the highway.

“Vehicles are meant and built for impact so being inside a vehicle is your safest bet,” Jeltema said.

If you absolutely have to get out of the vehicle to keep safe, it’s best to stand well away from your car and the roadway. For drivers, stay off of cell phones, and abide by the Move Over Law.

“Be mindful of your surroundings, and what’s going on,” Jeltema said. “Move over to the farthest lane from where you see an emergency vehicle.”

While waiting for a tow truck, Jeltema recommends putting on your hazards, and using flare lights — anything that will help get other drivers’ attention that you’re there.

And if you have dash cam video of the deadly highway accident in Montville or have any information, CT state police Troop B wants you to call them at 860-848-6500.