NORWALK, Conn. A man died early Friday after he was struck by a vehicle while running across the Route 7 connector, Officer Carlton Giles said.
State police have identified the victim as James Shaw, 21, of 10 Warren St. He was pronounced dead at 1:30 a.m. at Norwalk Hospital. Shaw ran across the highway after a Norwalk Police officer shined a spotlight on him, Giles said.
A motorist told the officer that a man was walking up on the Route 7 connector, Giles said. The officer notified dispatch at 12:39 p.m. and was told that State Police had already been notified. He got onto the highway at Riverside Avenue and headed south. It was raining, and visibility was poor. The officer saw the man walking south. "The officer lit the guy up to try to keep him safe and then the person started to run across the median to the northbound side," Giles said. "It was then that a vehicle traveling northbound struck the person."
Shaw fell into the middle lane face down after being hit by the Nissan Altima. A Honda Civic struck him moments later. The officer saw that he had suffered massive injuries and blood loss.
State police arrived and took charge of the investigation. The undercarriage on the Civic was damaged and the Altima's right front quarter panel was damaged, they say.
The accident happened between Interstate 95 and Exit 1, the Belden Avenue exit, according to Norwalk Fire Department Deputy Chief Edward Prescott.
The officer did the right thing, Chief Harry Rilling said. He was trying to protect the pedestrian and reacted based on his training and experience.
A witness interviewed by News12 said Shaw was walking in the high speed lane of the highway.
Miguel Cruz, a reader of The Daily Norwalk, said Shaw was a graduate of Brien McMahon High School. His nickname was "Kuta."
Police closed Route 7 northbound near Exit 1 for several hours after the pedestrian was struck, according to a story on the WFSB website .
Route 7 reopened about 4:30 a.m. after an investigation by state police.
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