An 83-year-old Maryland man suffered a fatal fall from an elevated highway after stopping to help a driver whose SUV had rolled over, Connecticut State Police said.
Richard Herron, of Elkton, Md., died early Monday morning.
Herron was at the accident scene when he jumped over the center median of Interstate 84 in Hartford, trying to avoid a tractor-trailer that was coming too close.
Police said he probably didn't realize there was a large drop, and he fell 35 feet.
Authorities say the SUV's driver, 45-year-old Sheila Jenkins of Hartford, was traveling too fast around a curve on the wet highway and lost control of her vehicle at about 3 a.m.
She was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
The accident and Herron's fall are under investigation.