GWU student Carlos Pacanins, 23, dies after being struck by car in College Park on Friday

Alcohol may have been a factor in the death of a 23-year-old man who was struck by a car while crossing the street in College Park, Md., police said.

Officers found Carlos Pacanins of Chevy Chase in the roadway at Baltimore Avenue and Knox Road at about 10:20 p.m. on Friday “suffering from critical injuries,” Prince George’s County police said. Pacanins died of his injuries Sunday.

Pacanins was crossing Baltimore Avenue when a car traveling north hit him, police said. Investigators believe Pacanins may have been drinking that evening, authorities said.

“Pacanins was walking in or near a crosswalk, however, a ‘Don’t Walk’ signal was flashing at the time,” Prince George’s police said in a statement.

The driver stayed on scene and has been cooperating with police, authorities said.

Although the accident occurred near the University of Maryland, Pacanins was a fourth-year student at The George Washington University in Washington, officials confirmed.

This is not the first time this year a pedestrian has been fatally hit by a car near the same intersection, an area that houses a strip of bars and businesses frequented by students.

In January, U-Md. student Cory Hubbard was crossing the street near Baltimore Avenue and Knox Road when a dark sedan fatally struck him and drove off.

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Lynh Bui is a Prince George's County public safety reporter and former Montgomery County education reporter.
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