CMU student killed in hit and run saving girl; 3 months after brother dies

Mt. PLEASANT, Mich.(WJBK) - A college student from Macomb County was killed in a hit and run accident near Central Michigan University.

It is yet another tragedy for the family which has lost two sons in the past three months.

"He was loving and caring," said mother Julie Tsatsos. "He loved his friends and his family and would do anything for anyone."

And he did so to the very end, saving the life of girl in front of a speeding car. The parents of Ryan Tsatsos describe their son, a freshman at Central Michigan University, as a hero who lost his life to save another.

Ryan was walking with five friends early Sunday morning on Crawford Road in Mount Pleasant when he was struck by a hit and run driver going as much as 80 miles an hour. The force sent him flying some 30 feet into a ditch.

A classmate with him was studying to be a nurse and helped him until emergency crews arrived.

"They heard the car he pushed the girl right away," his mother said. "I guess the car was going really fast."Students have long complained about the area in which the accident happened. It is poorly lit and there are no sidewalks.

And since the car was going fast it was hard for anyone to get a good description of the vehicle. Police are looking for a dark colored older model four-door with damage to the front end.

"Please come forward if you know something, if you think you know something, tell police, tell someone," said his father, Paul Tsatsos.

Friends who adored the De La Salle High School football star and criminal justice major have since created a GoFundMe account to raise money for his family.

Within hours it collected more than 16,000 and it is still growing.

"The outpouring of love and support is so touching," Julie said. "To know that people care and that he touched so many people's lives."

The family that is now dealing with tragedy for the second time since July. That was when Ryan's older brother Daryl was killed in a car crash that remains under investigation.

They are the couple's only children.

"The same people are here when Darryl died are back here at 3:30 in the morning that's how we stay strong the only reason and our faith.

A wind chime was given to the family right after that accident and is now  helping to welcome the constant condolences into to their Macomb County home.

All day yesterday and today those chimes were going ringing louder than I ever heard them ring," their father said. "To me that's Darryl telling me I've got Ryan."

A sign that these two brothers and best friends are together again and in peace.

If you would like to give, CLICK HERE for the GoFundMe page.

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