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Cory Hubbard, Maryland student, killed in hit and run

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WJLA) - The driver involved in a hit-and-run that killed a University of Maryland student early Friday has turned himself in, police say.

Photo: Joanna DeLeon

The male victim, identified as 22-year-old Cory Hubbard, of West Hampton Beach, NY, was struck just after 2 a.m. as he attempted to cross Route 1 near its intersection with Knox Road.

Shortly after arriving on the scene, investigators focused on nearby surveillance cameras. One caught the entire incident, and P.G. County Police released a still photo of the car in hopes of finding the driver.

A man who does not wish to be identified says he witnessed it happen:

"He just got hit by the car, flew 20 feet in the air, hit a street sign, and I mean, that was it."

This man says he is a friend of Hubbard’s. They had been out together having drinks earlier that night, and Hubbard reportedly stayed near the bar all night.

Now, friends of Hubbard's and the witness wonder how anyone could just drive away after inflicting such injury.

“It's unethical -- he was probably drunk and scared and that is probably why he kept going," said Casey Leins.

Police say the car did not stop or slow down before fleeing the scene. Officers also said Hubbard was not using the crosswalk as he attempted to make his way across the southbound lanes of Route 1. Hubbard was later pronounced dead at an area hospital.

On Friday night along busy Baltimore Avenue, there are words of sorrow and regret.

"I think it's really sad," said UMD senior, Unique Campbell.

"It makes you question everybody's safety," added senior Nicole Fitts.

Auto glass, orange spray paint, and skid marks tell only part of the story.

"Unfortunately, all the bars in this area... people kind of speed through, I think it is very dangerous," said Campbell.

Although the driver has surrendered to police, so far no one has been charged in this case.

We actually spotted many people not bothering to walk to an intersection to use the crosswalk, instead running or walking straight across. It’s a busy, dangerous area where cars and pedestrians intersect, and like early Friday, sometimes with deadly results.

"It's kind of difficult to go to each crosswalk, so people just cut across right here, not wait for the crosswalk lights to come on, things like that," said Fitts.

"Just really unfortunate to hear...My heart goes out to his family."

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