State police have identified a person found dead along the Wilbur Cross Parkway on the Woodbridge-New Haven line on Friday morning and said they believe the person was hit by a vehicle on Thursday night.
Eula H. Whitley, 68, of New Haven, was killed after she was hit by a car in a hit-and-run accident.
Police said someone found the body around 8:40 a.m. on Friday and called Troopers in Bethany. State police major crime detectives responded to the area of exit 59 on the highway to investigate an untimely death and determined it was a car versus pedestrian accident.
Now investigators are looking for the vehicle of the possible driver of the vehicle involved in the crash, which has been described as a 2007-2009 Nissan Versa hatchback or four-door sedan that is damaged on the front end, state police said.
Police and crews from the state Department of Transportation responded and set up a detour, sending drivers onto Route 34, then back onto the highway at exit 58.
The road was closed during the morning commute Friday, causing delays to spill over onto Whalley Avenue and Amity Road.
People who were stopped on the highway said they were there for hours.
One woman who has been stopped on the highway started handing Halloween candy out to other people who are also stopped in the traffic.
State police are asking anyone who may have witnessed something in the area of Exit 50 southbound on the WIlbur Cross Parkway overnight to call them at 203-393-4200 or text "TIP711 to 236748.
The investigation is ongoing.