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Towson U mourns student killed in hit and run

There are many facets to the college experience. One of the things common on most college campuses is the necessity of hoofing it. Students tend to walk everywhere. Indeed, colleges try to consolidate their facilities within specific boundaries in order to maintain a safe environment. That's as true in Maryland as anywhere.

But all potential risks cannot be eliminated. If a college happens to be in a major urban area or is surrounded by major thoroughfares, students on foot face increased danger of personal injury or wrongful death. It can happen in an instant. The suddenness of such events can leave a community dashed.

That's the feeling that seems to permeate the campus of Towson University in the wake of a student's hit-and-run death over the weekend. Officials say Ryan Bailey, 20, was crossing York Road near Washington Avenue at around 2 a.m. Saturday morning when he was run down by a passing car.

As a pall hangs over the campus this week, Baltimore County authorities say they are trying to find out who was responsible for Bailey's death. They say they need the public's help.

The only information they say they have is a description from witnesses of an older model silver or white box style car. Officials say they're asking members of the public to speak up if they know of anyone who may have been driving in the area or if they know of a vehicle that fits the description of the hit-and-run car.

Crash investigators continue to work on reconstructing the details of what happened. Officials say they are also waiting for autopsy reports to determine if perhaps Bailey might have been drinking.

Meanwhile, students are holding vigils in Bailey's memory and his family mourns.

Source: WJZ-TV, "Police Continue To Investigate Hit-And-Run Crash That Killed Towson Student," Derek Valcourt, April 2, 2012

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