Police: Driver killed in Shelton after getting out of car on Route 8

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Connecticut State Police are investigating the death of a Bridgeport woman on Route 8 in Shelton after, they said, she got out of the car she was driving and was hit by another vehicle.

Connecticut State Police are investigating the death of a Bridgeport woman on Route 8 in Shelton after, they said, she got out of the car she was driving and was hit by another vehicle.

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SHELTON — A Bridgeport woman was struck and killed by another car after she got out of her vehicle along a section of Route 8 just after midnight Wednesday, according to police. 

The collision was reported around 12:13 a.m. in the northbound lanes of the highway near Exit 13, Connecticut State Police said in a news release. 

The release identified the driver who was struck and killed as Joan Marie Forgas. She was killed just days before what would have been her 33rd birthday, according to the report. 

State police said the 2020 Grand Cherokee Laredo Forgas was driving had parked "between the right lane and right shoulder" of the highway just past the exit ramp.

"For reasons unknown," Forgas got out of the car and was "in the right lane of travel," when a BMW "traveling straight ahead" struck her and the car, the news release said.

The crash threw Forgas north, where she came to rest in the roadside, the report from the state police said.

She sustained fatal injuries in the collision and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

The driver of the other car, a 2008 BMW 328i, was uninjured.

Both cars were disabled in the crash and were towed from the scene.

Anyone with information about the crash, or who may have witnessed it, can contact Trooper Daniel McCue #792 at Troop I by calling 203-393-4200, or by email at daniel.mccue@ct.gov.