Students from the University of Maryland are mourning the loss of one of their own, after police identified the young man killed in a hit-and-run pedestrian accident during the early morning hours of January 17.
Shortly before 2:00 a.m., Cory Hubbard, 22, of Westhampton Beach, New York, was crossing a street in downtown College Park, close to the U-Md. Campus, when a dark sedan fatally struck him. The accident occurred at Baltimore Avenue near Knox Road. According to police reports, Hubbard was not in a crosswalk at the time. This particular area of College Park houses numerous shops, restaurants, and bars that are frequented by college students on a regular basis.
According to police department spokesman Officer Harry Bond, the driver of the sedan did not stop at all, but instead fled the scene.
It was reported that Hubbard was pronounced dead at an area hospital. Several hours after the accident, a man who identified himself as the driver of the vehicle, turned himself in to police. However, authorities have not released his name or any specifics of the crash at this point. Police did, however, locate the vehicle involved in the accident, and stated that they were compiling evidence before pressing any charges in the matter.
One witness to the accident was also crossing the street at the time, but was not injured. It was unclear whether Hubbard and the witness were together at the time, or simply crossing the street simultaneously.
One former University of Maryland graduate who was friends with Hubbard stated how common it was for students to jaywalk across Baltimore Avenue. According to Tiffany Bagherian, “a billion people do it every single year.” The president of the University of Maryland, Wallace D. Loh, referred to the accident as “tragic and senseless,” and stated that campus officials were assisting Prince George’s police with the investigation.
According to friends and family members of Hubbard, he was a very positive individual who always found ways to brighten everyone else’s days. He was outgoing, and loved athletics and the outdoors. Hubbard enjoyed snowboarding, surfing, and playing lacrosse. He was described as a good player and a good person, with an uplifting personality towards those around him.
We’d like to extend our thoughts and deepest condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones who are grieving the terrible loss of Cory Hubbard during this time. His was a life that was cut short too soon.