Reporting Derek Valcourt
TOWSON, Md. (WJZ)—Baltimore County police ask for help trying to find the driver who struck and killed a Towson University student this weekend.
Derek Valcourt has more on the police search for a suspect and reaction from students there.
The victim belonged to a campus fraternity. He was well liked. But even those who didn’t know him want justice for the driver who struck him and left him to die.
“It’s tragic. I mean the entire campus is talking about it,” said Anysia Materwicz, Towson University junior.
As Towson University students walk from class to class, many have Ryan Bailey, 20, in their hearts.
“It’s a loss for Towson. It’s a loss for everybody,” Materwicz said.
Just before 2 a.m. Saturday, a hit-and-run driver struck and killed Bailey as he crossed York Road near Washington Avenue.
According to police, the only description from witnesses was an older model silver or white box style car.
Police need help finding the person responsible.
“We want to hear from anyone who may have witnessed this accident,” said Cathy Batton, Baltimore County Police. “We are interested in anyone who may have heard about anyone who was driving this vehicle or know where a possible vehicle that is responsible for this crime is.”
Bailey’s hit-and-run death hits especially hard on the campus where many students have to cross busy roads several times a day.
“The fact that people are not considerate of pedestrians and people on bikes is just heartbreaking,” one student said.
“Maybe the driver was drunk, and that’s really sad because you know this is college and we need safety, and there’s a lot of bars and everything. So I could see that happening,” said Michael Okebugweu, Towson University sophomore.
Crash investigators are still reconstructing exactly what happened and processing evidence collected from the scene.
Police are unsure if Bailey had been drinking. His body has been sent for an autopsy.
“Safety’s first especially at 1 or 2 in the morning, so there’s not a lot of cars on the road. How do you get hit that late at night? I don’t know,” said Tyler Hall, Towson University junior.
Bailey isn’t the only Towson student to die this weekend. A 27-year-old Army National Guardsman, Tim Coyer, who had served two tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, was found dead in his off-campus apartment. Police say his death does not appear suspicious. They are waiting for autopsy results.
There will be a vigil in honor of both students who died this weekend Tuesday at 8 p.m. That will take place in “Speaker’s Circle” located in the center of campus.