Jefferson student at WVU mourned

MORGANTOWN – Police continue to search for the driver in a hit-and-run accident early Sunday that killed 22-year-old West Virginia University student Joseph Dzuris of Harpers Ferry.

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The news of Dzuris’ death left many in the Panhandle mourning the Jefferson High School grad.

John Lowery, who was the young man’s baseball coach at Jefferson, described him as great teammate who had a positive outlook on life.

“Joe was a great kid,” Lowery said. “He viewed the team as something bigger than himself. Always worked hard. Always had a smile on his face. He was a kid you enjoyed being around. A real positive kid.

“It was a shock when I heard it happened. He seemed to have his life in order and everything going for him.”

Dzuris was a third-year civil engineering student. He also worked as a resident adviser, handling night shifts in the residence hall, according to a statement from WVU.

Police said Dzuris was in the roadway when a vehicle headed east on Patteson Drive struck him around 5 a.m., according to police.

“Somebody somewhere witnessed this,” Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston said. “I have detectives reviewing surveillance tapes from businesses in the vicinity of the incident.”

In WVU’s statement, officials expressed their sadness at Dzuris’ death.

“Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Joseph’s family and many friends, and the countless students whose lives he touched so meaningfully,” school officials said.

Students were also being offered counseling services. Plans for a bell-ringing service in Dzuris’ honor are underway, according to the school.

Anyone with information on the accident is asked to call the Morgantown Police Department at 304-284-7522.

 

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