Man found dead in right lane of traffic on Connecticut highway

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Reporter Joe Torres has the latest on the deadly hit and run.

A New York man was found dead on an interstate highway in Connecticut, and police are looking for the driver who hit him.

Connecticut State Police say 32-year-old Daniel Crawford Jr. was found early Saturday on Interstate 84 in Danbury. His body was in the right lane of traffic, next to a Jeep Grand Cherokee that was stopped on the right shoulder.

Police believe the Brewster, New York, man was hit by a vehicle that then fled the scene.

"Somebody out there has a bad conscience, a very bad conscience," said the victim's grandmother, Dorothy Weizenecker. "And I don't understand how people could do that kind of thing and walk away from it."

Connecticut State Police have little information to work, but they do know that Crawford's vehicle ran out of gas on the highway just east of Exit 2.

Security cameras at a nearby gas station captured him buying gas and a canister. Investigators found the canister near his vehicle, indicating he was about to fill up when someone hit him.

Monday Crawford's mother, father and sister finalized funeral arrangements and welcomed friends and loved ones.

The family is offering a $5,000 reward for anyone who can provide information that leads to the arrest of the person who killed Crawford.

"It's just horrible," the victim's aunt, Nancy Fagnani said. "It's just tragic for our family. It's absolutely horrible."

Anyone with information on what happened is asked to call state police Troop A in Southbury.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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