A Stony Brook University senior was hit and killed yesterday by a pickup truck and its driver is accused of leaving the scene. 23-year-old Seong Hoon Baek was heading back home from Best Buy when a Ford-350 struck him on Route 347 near Pond Path at around 9:45 p.m. According to police, 30-year-old Michael Tarduno, Jr. was driving the vehicle, and fled the scene. Witnesses gave authorities his license plate number, and he was arrested later that evening. According to the Post, police allegedly found drugs in Tarduno's truck, and he's charged with leaving the scene of an accident and possession.
Baek's family was told of his death at 3 a.m. this morning, and his father tells the paper that his mother and 18-year-old sister are devastated. Stony Brook's president Samuel Stanley, Jr. said that Baek was "well known and highly regarded by faculty, classmates and friends." He continued, "It is deeply troubling to lose a student, especially in such a senseless manner."