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Friends, peers remember CMU student killed in hit-and-run

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A very somber Jordan Waters described the mood at Merrill Hall on Central Michigan University's campus. The dorm where Ryan Tsatos lived.

"He lived two doors down from me, so the hall was quiet yesterday – very quiet," Waters said.

Tsatos died in a hit and run accident over the weekend. He was 17 years-old.

"I'd ran across him said hi to him. It was another normal typical day you know?" Waters said. "I ate dinner with him the other day. He is a great guy, I got to meet him a little bit, talk to him a little bit. I really did like the guy, he was really nice and outgoing. It's just sad and you kind of can't take anything for granted."

Police said the incident happened on a stretch of Crawford Road just outside of Mount Pleasant. Tsatos was walking with friends when a dark-colored four-door vehicle hit him.

He died at the scene.

Mark Mostek was a friend of Tsatos. They were going to live together for the next school year. 

"Everybody just calls him Cha-Chi back home. We were supposed to room together next year in the apartments," Mostek said. "He was supposed to live in the dorms on a scholarship. Well-rounded kid, obviously good in school, great with everybody else."

Mostek and Tsatos are both from Macomb, just north of Detroit. 

Mostek reached out to TV5 to tell people about who his friend was. 

"Everytime that kid walks into a room within five minutes he had everybody almost rolling on the floor laughing. He was just an unbelievable kid. You can't find many people like him. It's hard," Mostek said.

He said he's spent a lot of time with Tsatos's friends since the accident.

"A lot of us have been just shocked and speechless really. So there's not much we can explain on how we're feeling but it's just blank," Mostek said.

James Hoyt lives near the accident scene. He wants to see changes made to this street.

"There should be a sidewalk. I mean college kids walk through here a lot," Hoyt said. "I mean they're out in the road and cars are going down at 50 mph. You know it's dangerous."

Police said the person behind the wheel of the car drove off. And while police say they have a few leads, the person hasn't been arrested.

Now CrimeStoppers is offering an $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest of the motorist. A motorist that Hoyt said he believes should do the right thing and come forward.

"Accidents happen. I don't know what the circumstances were since I wasn't here," Hoyt said. "He should've stayed. The driver should've stayed."

Waters is left to think about a blossoming friendship that was taken away in an instant.

"He was just a real personable person you know he came up to me first and shook my hand and told me his name. He was a great guy and thoughts go out to his family and everything along with it," Waters said.

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