Penn State student dies in Oakland incident
A Penn State student died early Sunday after being hit by a car in Oakland, a spokesman for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office said.
Cody Barrasse, 22, of Moosic in Lackawanna County was struck by a car in the 3800 block of Bates Street after 2 a.m. Saturday. Barrasse, a student at Penn State University, was pronounced dead at 4:46 a.m. Sunday at UPMC Presbyterian, Oakland.
Witnesses who were friends of the victim said the driver of a silver BMW struck Barrasse and left the scene, city police spokeswoman Diane Richard reported.
The driver and a passenger told police that they were driving up Bates when they approached three men in the street, Richard said. The driver said he stopped to avoid hitting them. The driver said the three surrounded the car and started pounding on the hood and roof and one of them opened a car door. The driver then fled to the South Side and called police.
City police said the driver showed no sign of impairment. The incident is still under investigation.
Barrasse was a senior majoring in finance at Penn State's main campus.
“Student Affairs has been in touch with his family,” Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers said. “It is always a tragedy when a young life is lost. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”
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