A Goucher College student was struck and killed by a drunken driver in a hit-and-run in Baltimore County over the weekend, according to police.
Matthew Gabriel, 19, was struck by a car while crossing Dulaney Valley Road at Southerly Road around 1:45 a.m. Sunday. A car traveling northbound in the right turn lane of Dulaney Valley Road hit Gabriel as he crossed, police said, and the car kept going.
Gabriel died from his injuries at Shock Trauma on Monday morning.
Goucher College’s serene 287-acre campus skirts Dulaney Valley Road in Towson, a busy artery for drivers and pedestrians.
“Matt was a sophomore from Austin, Texas, an outstanding student, and a well-liked member of our community. He was a business management and economics double major and a key member of the men’s lacrosse team. He was also known for his larger-than-life personality and his unique sense of humor,” college President Sanford J. Ungar wrote in a letter to the campus. “The death of a student has a deep impact on a close-knit college campus like ours. This is a difficult time for all of us. I know we will come together as a community, but please, reach out for help if needed.”
Meanwhile, the driver who police said hit Gabriel was identified as Kayla Wiseman, 23, of Middle River.
“We were able to locate her. She was charged on citations with driving under the influence and hit-and-run and was released to a family member,” said police spokeswoman Elise Armacost.
Armacost said Wiseman was at fault in the case but added that incidents involving pedestrians are on the rise in Baltimore County.
“A tragedy like this gives us an opportunity to remind people about the importance of pedestrian safety — crossing in a crosswalk, being especially careful when you’re crossing at night in the dark, as he was doing, and making sure that when you’re crossing, you’re paying full attention to what you’re doing,” Armacost said.
There is a crosswalk near the spot where Gabriel was hit, but police said he wasn’t in it.
Police said the next step for the state’s attorney’s office is to review the case and decide whether Wiseman should face stiffer charges.