In an incredible turn of events, the Tsatsos family has been struck by two separate car accidents that claimed the lives of their only two children within 3-months of each other.
The devastating tragedy has left the Tsatsos family childless, after their son, Ryan — a freshman at Central Michigan University (CMU) — was killed in a hit and run accident Sunday. Ryan was a hero until the end, saving the life of another girl before being struck as he walked with a group of friends near campus.
“He was loving and caring,” Ryan’s mother Julie Tsatsos told Fox 2 Detroit. “He loved his friends and his family and would do anything for anyone.”
And that is how Ryan died, helping to save another person’s life when the yet unidentified vehicle sped by hitting and killing the young man. The Tsatsos accident has left the family grieving the loss of a child yet again, and the devastation is being shared by the Macomb Township in Michigan.
According to CBS Detroit, the area near the CMU campus in which the Tsatsos accident happened is described as being poorly lit and has no sidewalks, students complained. Police are looking for an older vehicle, dark in color with four doors, and likely with front passenger-side damage.
Since the car was allegedly speeding and it was still dark, it was hard for anyone in the group to get a good description of the vehicle.
“Please come forward if you know anything — if you think you know anything — tell police, tell someone, tell anyone,” Ryan’s father, Paul Tsatsos, pleaded.
CMU said counseling was made available at Merrill Hall and adjacent residence halls, near where Ryan Tsatsos was killed. Ryan was walking with five friends early Sunday morning when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver going as fast as 80 miles per hour near campus. The force of the impact was so strong that it sent him flying about 30-feet into a ditch.
“They heard the car; he pushed the girl right away,” Tsatsos’ mother said. “I guess the car was going really, really fast.”
One of his classmates — who is studying to be a nurse — stayed with Tsatsos after the hit and run and helped him until emergency crews arrived on the scene. Ryan’s death is the second tragedy to strike the Tsatsos family in the last 3-months. In July, Ryan Tsatsos’ 19-year-old brother, Darryl, was killed in another car accident in Macomb County. That accident is still under investigation.
Ryan’s friends, who say they adored the football star and Criminal Justice major, are so devastated by the Tsatsos family tragedy that they got together to set up a GoFundMe account to help their friend’s parents with funeral expenses. The account has raised almost $28,000 in just one day.
“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.”
Ryan and his brother, Daryl, were the Tsatsos family’s only children and as was the case on July 26 — when Paul and Julie found out Darryl had been killed in an accident — the same friends are back to help support them in their time of need.
“The same people were here when Darryl died are back here, some as early as 3:30 in the morning, within an hour of us hearing the news,” Paul Tsatsos said.
Michigan State Police have established an anonymous tip line as they look for the driver responsible for the second Tsatsos family tragedy. Anyone with information is asked to call 877-616-4677 to remain anonymous, or call the MSP Mount Pleasant Post at 989-773-5951.
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