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Reward now $10,000 in CMU student's 2015 hit-and-run death

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MOUNT PLEASANT, MI (AP) -

The reward is being increased to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the death of a Central Michigan University freshman last year.

Crime Stoppers of Flint and Genesee County said Monday the increase comes at the Tuesday one-year anniversary of 17-year-old Ryan Tsatsos' death. He was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver near the school's Mount Pleasant campus on Nov. 1, 2015.

Three new billboards are advertising the increased reward. Crime Stoppers is offering $2,500 and Ryan Tsatsos' family is offering $7,500.

Police said Ryan Tsatsos pushed another person to safety before being struck. He was walking with friends back to his residence hall when he was hit. The student from the Detroit suburb of Macomb Township was pronounced dead at the scene.

Halloween will always be a day of true horror for Julie Tsatsos, Ryan's mom.

"I don't understand how they sleep at night. I don't know how they can just go on thinking they didn't do anything wrong. I don't understand how they can just get in a car and just live their life like nothing happened, knowing that they actually hit and killed my son," Julie Tsatsos said.

Her son was attending a party on Halloween night when he decided to walk back to his dorm with some friends. Shortly after midnight on Crawford Road an unknown driver hit Ryan and killed him.

His father Paul Tsatsos said investigators have looked into 70 leads, at one point performing tests on a car that matched the description of a dark colored four-door vehicle.

"The week or so it took to do the analysis, came back negative. That was very disappointing because that was probably the most promising lead," Paul Tsatsos said.

Ryan's parents aren't giving up. They said they will never stop looking for the person that took their son away from them.

"I don't care why. I don't care if it was an accident. I don't care if you had been drinking too much. If you just didn't see him, just come forward. Because believe it or not, it will, that person will have some peace and we'll have a little bit of peace as well," Paul Tsatsos said.

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