Connecticut State Police

Police Identify Vehicle Involved in Deadly Hit-and-Run in Bridgeport

Connecticut State Police have identified the vehicle involved in a hit-and-run accident on Route 8 in Bridgeport that killed a pedestrian on Thursday.

Police said they received several 911 calls about a woman attempting to cross Route 8 southbound near exit five in Bridgeport around 7:44 p.m. Later calls reported that the woman had been hit by a vehicle.

Investigators found that a vehicle, later identified as a 2019 Peterbilt dump truck, was traveling on Route 8 southbound in the left center lane, south of exit five, when it hit the female pedestrian and left the scene.

According to police, the pedestrian, later identified as 54-year-old Maria Mendoza-Robles, of Bridgeport, died at the scene.

Initially, police said witnesses described a dump truck in the area as having a red or orange cab and a silver or grey dump truck bed, but investigators later determined the vehicle involved was a blue Peterbilt dump truck.

Officers said they have developed a person of interest as the possible operator of the vehicle.

The accident remains under investigation.

Anyone with any information or who may have seen the pedestrian, the vehicle or the accident itself is asked to contact Troop G at (203) 696-2500.

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