Father of CMU student hit and killed: ‘I need to understand’

Courtesy photo of Ryan Tsatsos.

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (WOOD) — Officials are increasing the reward for information leading to an arrest in the death of a Central Michigan University freshman killed near campus.

Ryan Tsatsos, 17, was walking with friends back to his residence hall early on Nov. 1 when he was hit by a vehicle that didn’t stop.

Tsatsos, who is from the Detroit suburb of Macomb Township, died at the scene.

A friend told police she had been walking with Tsatsos, who pushed her out of the way of the vehicle.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,500 cash reward for tips leading to the driver’s arrest, up from an earlier-announced $1,000 reward.

Tsatsos’ parents spoke at CMU Friday, hoping to get a message to the driver and closure for their family.

“You didn’t even stop.  They didn’t even slow down.  I don’t understand.  I need to understand that,” said Tsatsos’ father.

Michigan State Police believe the car that hit Tsatsos was a dark metallic blue color.

Troopers are reviewing surveillance video from nearby businesses for clues related to the case.

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