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Search continues for information in hit-and-run that killed CMU student

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MT. PLEASANT, MI (WNEM) -

It's been almost a year since the hit-and-run that killed a Central Michigan University student in Mt. Pleasant.

Police said Ryan Tsatsos was hit while walking to his residence hall with friends just after midnight on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2015.

It happened on Crawford Road between Billabrail Street and Concourse Drive, south of the main campus in Mount Pleasant.

Investigators said Tsatsos, 17, was a freshman at CMU and was from Macomb. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators said a woman told them Tsatsos pushed her out of the way of the vehicle before he was hit and killed. 

"They heard the car, he pushed the girl right away. I guess the car was going really, really fast," said Julie Tsatsos, the victim's mother.

Police are looking for more information on the vehicle. Witnesses described it as a dark metallic blue, four-door sedan with damage to the front passenger side, fender, windshield and hood. The picture in the story is not the actual vehicle, but does show a color similar to the suspect's vehicle.

Investigators believe the driver may have been from outside the Mt. Pleasant area, possibly even from a different state.

"The car is coming in the distance and it just sped up and hit Ryan and we didn't know what to do," said Jeffery Daian, witness.

He watched his friend die right in front of his own eyes.

"Very traumatic. It's like you can't imagine, like you never imagine in your life you'd see something like that," Daian said.

Almost a year later and the driver still has not been found.

Joe Garbarino was Tsatsos' best friend. He said he's living life one day at a time trying to cope with a pain that will never subside.

"With me and him, we had a special connection. It just feels like there's a hold in my heart and I just can't get it back," Garbarino said.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the driver through their tip line at 1-800-422-JAIL.

If you have any information about this crash, or the driver and vehicle involved, call the Michigan State Police Mount Pleasant Post at 989-773-5951, Isabella County Central Dispatch at 989-773-1000 or the anonymous tip line at 877-616-4677.

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