Student Who Died in Nov. Hit by Car, Police Say

By Michelle Boorstein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, January 20, 2006

A Virginia Tech freshman from Olney who died from mysterious injuries in November appears to have been hit by a car, Blacksburg police said, citing the state medical examiner's office.

Police said in a statement that the injuries Brian McCloskey had when he was found Nov. 5, bleeding and unconscious near a bike path off campus, were "consistent with being caused by a motor vehicle."

McCloskey, 18, was found shortly after he left a party. He died five days later.

The statement also said police had impounded a vehicle from the Winchester area. Officers had seized another vehicle last month in Roanoke. They wouldn't release any details about the cars, their owners or what the seizures meant, saying they were waiting for tests from the Virginia Department of Forensic Science.

The state forensic department did not return a call yesterday, but McCloskey's family members said they are very frustrated not to have results yet from tests of Brian's clothing, his body, the site where he was found and the vehicles.

Joe McCloskey, Brian's father, said it was frustrating to see the recent speedy results of DNA testing requested by former governor Mark R. Warner in the case of Roger K. Coleman, who was executed amid controversy in 1992.

"While this continues, my family suffers," McCloskey said. "I've tried to keep my emotions in check, and we've tried to be as rational as possible, but it gets to a point. . . . Brian was an 18-year-old kid going to a state college. All parents should expect a strong state response."

The holiday season was very painful, McCloskey said, though the family members tried to do things to keep themselves going. They went to a Redskins game, tailgated, exchanged gifts and watched a DVD that Brian's 12-year-old half sister made of her late brother.

"We had an absolutely great cry," Joe McCloskey said. "It was a way of spending Christmas with Brian."

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