‘Please come forward’ — Family of CMU student killed in hit-and-run makes plea to public

Posted at 5:34 PM, Nov 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-20 17:34:25-05

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. — The family of Central Michigan University student Ryan Tsatsos joined police Friday in Mt. Pleasant to ask for help from the public to find the driver who hit and killed their son.

Paul and Julie Tsatsos are no strangers to loss.  Just three months before Ryan was hit and killed, their other son died in a car accident.  They say they have faith that someone will come forward to help solve the case.

"Ryan, I am so sorry I wasn't there to keep you safe that morning," Paul Tsatos said Friday at a press conference.  "Please, please our family needs closure.  If you did this, come forward.  If you know who did this, tell somebody.  If you think you know anything, tell somebody."

The 17-year-old CMU freshman was hit Nov. 1 while walking north on Crawford Road between Billabrail Street and Concourse Street.   Tsatsos was walking back to his dorm room with friends at the time of the crash.

One of those friends was his roommate, Jeff Daian, who also spoke at the Friday press conference.

"That night my friends and I witnessed something they should never have to," Daian said.  "We just told him we loved him and it was okay and just please be okay."

Police are looking for a dark blue car with damage to the front passenger's side in connection with this case.   Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to an arrest.  Anyone with information is asked to call 800-SPEAK-UP.