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Westhampton Beach man dies in hit-and-run near Maryland college

Cory Hubbard of Westhampton Beach, a 2009 Long

Cory Hubbard of Westhampton Beach, a 2009 Long Island "Golden Eleven" scholar-athlete award winner, was killed in a hit-and-run near the University of Maryland. Hubbard, 22, was in his senior year. Credit: File Photo by James A. Escher

A Westhampton Beach man who was in his senior year at the University of Maryland in College Park was killed early Friday in a hit-and-run accident but police have not yet charged the man they said is the driver, Prince George's County Police said.

Authorities said Cory Hubbard, 22, was struck by a car that did not stop as he tried to cross the street at Baltimore Avenue and Knox Road, a commercial area with restaurants and bars, about 1:30 a.m.

Police said Hubbard, who was critically injured when they arrived on the scene, was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Detectives Friday night reported that they had found the vehicle, a dark blue metallic sedan, after releasing a photo of it shortly after the crash, and the driver turned himself in late yesterday afternoon.

Officers declined to release the name of the driver unless or until he is charged.

"Investigators are working to forensically match the recovered vehicle with evidence left on the scene," Prince George's County Police wrote on a weblog used to update the public on the progress of their investigations. "Detectives are continuing to work to positively link the driver to the striking vehicle, before any charges are placed."

Hubbard's relatives could not be reached for comment.

But Michael Radday, superintendent of Westhampton Beach schools, issued a statement praising the contributions Hubbard had made while a student. He graduated in 2010.

"Cory was an exceptional young man who was held in the highest esteem by our faculty, his classmates, and the entire school community," said the statement posted on the district's website. "He was an excellent student and a gifted athlete -- but most importantly he was an outstanding human being who touched the lives of so many people in a positive way. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hubbard family during this difficult time."

The University of Maryland's president, Wallace D. Loh, posted a statement on its website.

"It is with deep sadness that we extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the University of Maryland student killed this morning in a tragic, senseless accident," read the statement. "In this time of loss, I ask that the entire Maryland family keep them in our thoughts and prayers."

The Southampton Press reported that Hubbard was a senior at the college and that he was majoring in kinesiology.

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