(Photo courtesy of the Tsatsos family, via Michigan State Police)

Parents Still Pleading For Answers 3 Years After Son's Hit-And-Run Death

November 02, 2018 - 9:27 am
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MOUNT PLEASANT (WWJ/AP) - The parents of a Central Michigan University student who was killed in a hit-and-run in 2015 are pleading for help to solve the case.

Ryan Tsatsos was hit by a vehicle while walking to his CMU residence hall with friends just after midnight on Nov. 1, 2015. He was just a few weeks away from his 18th birthday.

He was killed on a dark, rainy night on Crawford Road between Billabrail Street and Concourse Drive, south of the main campus. Police believe the vehicle that struck him is a dark metallic blue color. The vehicle could likely have front passenger side damage and potentially fender, windshield and hood damage.

His mother, Julie Tsatsos, made a public appeal to the driver this week, saying "Don't be fearful. ... Come forward. Relieve the pressure."

The teen's father, Paul Tsatsos, says he used to be "angry" but now he's "just tired." He says the guilt has got to be tearing the driver apart.

To compound the family’s tragedy, Ryan’s older brother, Darryl Tsatsos, 19, died in an unrelated car crash the same year, on Hayes near 21 Mile in Macomb Township.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for tips leading to an arrest. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-422-JAIL (5245).

The Associated Press contibuted to this report.