A 2009 Seaford High School yearbook photo of Ryan Bailey,...

A 2009 Seaford High School yearbook photo of Ryan Bailey, 20, who was killed by a hit and run driver in Towson, MD. (April 2, 2012) Credit: Handout

A Seaford college student who was a lacrosse standout in high school was killed in a hit-and-run accident early Saturday near his university in Towson, Md., Baltimore County police said.

Ryan Bailey, 20, was walking near the intersection of York Road and Washington Avenue at 1:51 a.m. when he was struck by an older-model white or silver boxy-style car, police said.

He died at the scene, police said.

Bailey was a junior accounting major at Towson University, a path he chose even though he was passionate about the sports he played at Seaford High School, where he graduated in 2009, his mother Susan said.

"He knew it would bring him a future," his mother said. "It was a degree he knew he would be able to do and support his family. The way the business world was at the time he was graduating, he said 'Mom, I know I'll get a job. Everybody has accountants.' "

"He was grounded," she said. "He had a good head on his shoulders."

Bailey played soccer and basketball at Seaford, but the sport where he shone the most was lacrosse, ranking 58th in the state during his senior year, according to MaxPreps.com, which compiles high school sports data.

Michael Corcoran, who coached Bailey for four years of high school lacrosse, remembers his former student as "one of the best kids I ever coached."

"He wasn't the biggest kid on the field, but he played like it, fearless, a good leader," Corcoran said.

Visiting hours are 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at the William E. Law Funeral Home in Massapequa. Church services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Maria Regina Roman Catholic Church in Seaford, followed by burial at Cemetery of the Holy Rood in Westbury.

Susan Bailey said she wants to set up a high school scholarship in her son's name and would like donations to the fund, when it is set up, in lieu of flowers.

With Gary Dymski

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