A 19-year-old college student from East Hampton was killed after being struck by a vehicle while walking along a highway in North Carolina early Friday morning, police in North Carolina reported this week.
Mario Mayorga was a 2013 graduate of East Hampton High School and was a sophomore at High Point University in High Point, North Carolina, when he was struck by a vehicle while walking in the traffic roadway of Interstate 85 between Greensboro, North Carolina and the town where he attended college.
According to North Carolina State Police, Mr. Mayorga was walking in one of the highway’s three lanes of traffic when he was struck shortly before 1 a.m. by a vehicle traveling in the same direction in which he was walking.
“The driver never saw him until it was too late,” State Trooper T.J. Mitchell said.
The driver of the vehicle stopped after striking Mr. Mayorga and has not been charged with a crime.
Mr. Mayorga had left a nightclub in Greensboro a short time earlier in a taxi, police said, headed back to the college town 18 miles away. At some point, he convinced the cab driver to stop and got out of the vehicle on the side of the highway.
“I took the family out to the scene yesterday and they laid down some roses and made a memorial on the side of the road,” Trooper Mitchell said on Tuesday. “It’s just a tragic thing all the way around. It’s the worst part of my job.”
Yardley & Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton said that funeral arrangements for Mr. Mayorga have not yet been set. A Go Fund Me page has been set up in his memory to help his family pay for burial and memorial services. The campaign had raised more than $6,000 by Tuesday morning. His family has also started a Facebook page, called In Memory of Mario Mayorga, and is asking anyone who knew him to post photos to the page.