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Penn State Student Dies After Being Struck by Car in Pittsburgh

As first reported by Courtney Brennan of WPXI, Penn State senior Cody Barrasse, 22, was killed after being struck by a car in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh early Saturday morning.

Barrasse was struck by a car at about 2:15 a.m. Saturday on Bates Street in Oakland and pronounced dead at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at 4:46 a.m. according to various reports.

Barrasse is the son of prominent Lackawanna County Judge Michael Barrasse and is listed in the directory as a finance major.

Onward State extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Barrasse. We’ll post more details when they become available.

(UPDATED 8:44 p.m.)

Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers says that first reports indicate that Barrasse, who was set to graduate in May, was struck while crossing the street in Pittsburgh.

“It is always a tragedy when a young life is lost,” Powers said. “Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

(UPDATED 10:39 p.m.)

More reports are starting to come in about the incident this weekend.

From the Pittsburgh Tribune Review:

“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 later called police from a convenience station on the South Side.

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.”

From WTAE:

“Police said Cody Barrasse, 22, was walking near Bates and Bouquet streets at about 2 a.m. Saturday. The car’s driver told police Barrasse and his friends surrounded the car and started pounding on the hood.

The driver hit the accelerator, hitting Barrasse.

‘I saw someone laying in the street just not moving, and a bunch of ambulances and police came up and the kid was just unresponsive,’ said witness Will White.”

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Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]


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