The 17-year-old freshman, Ryan Tsatsos, of Macomb Township, was walking northbound on South Crawford Road between Billabrail and Concourse streets in Union Township with a few friends when he was struck by a car.
Michigan State Police stated that one of the friends that was walking with Ryan Tsatsos said that Ryan pushed her out of the way of the vehicle that killed him.
Troopers say that friend then left the scene before police and medical personnel arrived. She was found by MSP several hours later and refused medical treatment.
The area has no sidewalks and is poorly lit. Tsatsos was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of that vehicle did not stop. Police are asking for help from the public to locate the driver and the car.
The vehicle is described as a dark-colored, older 4-door sedan that would have passenger-side damage. Police are looking through traffic camera images from the surrounding areas to get a definite description of the car.
Tragically, only 3 months ago, the brother of Ryan Tsatso, Darryl Tsatsos, then 19-years-old, died on July 26th, 2015, in a three-vehicle crash.
A sheriff’s deputy was in pursuit of Tsatsos’ Pontiac G6 along northbound Hayes Road about 1:25 a.m. on that Sunday morning.
At some point, the deputy broke off the chase. Moments later, the deputy arrived at the scene of the crash along Hayes Road near Snowbird Street in Macomb Township.
According to police, Tsatsos’ vehicle collided with a Dodge Ram pick-up truck and a GMC Terrain sport utility vehicle.
Darryl Tsatsos was transported to a hospital, where he died of his injuries.
The parents of these young men have now lost their only two children to tragic circumstances.
A $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of the hit-and-run driver who struck and killed Ryan Tsatsos. Crime Stoppers is offering the $1,000 award.
A GoFundMe account has been established by Kelsey Alafriz to assist the family with expenses. Currently $22,035.00 has been donated.
Anyone with information on this crash is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-422-5245, Michigan State Police Mount Pleasant Post at 989-773-5951 or their anonymous tip line at 877-616-4677.
Loving son of Paul and Julie Ann Tsatsos. Dearest brother of the late Darryl. Dear grandson of Constance & the late Paul Onderik. Dearest nephew of Darryl (Karen) Onderik and proud Godson & nephew of Brian (Patty) Onderik. Dear cousin of Maxwell & Anna Onderik.
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