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Student struck by car is 4th student death at George Washington U. this school year

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WASHINGTON -

Commencement at George Washington University is a little over a month away. Sadly, one promising senior won't be receiving his diploma.

Carlos Pacanins, 23, was hit by a car Friday night trying to cross Route 1 in College Park, Md., near the University of Maryland campus.

Police are investigating whether alcohol played a role. The driver of the car remained at the scene.

Police believe Pacanins had been drinking and was walking across a crosswalk while the "don't walk" signal was flashing.

Friends and fellow students on the George Washington University campus are grief stricken.

Scott Challeen, also a senior, was in classes with Pacanins and studied for exams with him. Both were political science majors. Challeen says the pain of the loss has taught him some life lessons.

"One thing that we can draw from this is never to take anything for granted, and always to let people know how much they mean to you,” he said.

Alex Thompson and Pacanins had been friends since freshman year at George Washington when they were both in the Emerging Leaders program.

Pacanins had some lofty goals. Friends say he wanted to run for Congress and to become the first Hispanic President of the United States.

Thompson says she can see him wanting to reach those goals.

"It’s just sad that he can't achieve them now,” she said.


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