Jogger dies after being hit by vehicle at Oakland University

 A man was killed after being hit by a car on the campus of Oakland University.

The victim is 54-year-old Perry Badia of Rochester Hills. Police say the driver who hit him, is a student but it is uncertain if the student will face charges.

Just before 5 p.m. Thursday afternoon Badia was jogging on Pioneer Drive on the campus of Oakland University when a 25-year-old student driving westbound hit him.

"I'm just really taken aback," said Andy DiMartino, a neighbor of Badia. "I can;t express how sad I am to hear this not only for his family, but for his two daughters. It's really sad.

"He jogged a lot through neighborhood, he was very much into fitness."

Badia died at a hospital from his injuries and police are investigating what caused the accident.

"Alcohol was not a mix with the accident, but other conditions at the time of collision are being investigated," said Oakland University Police Chief Mark Gordon. "The sun may have been an indicator, it may have been (a reason) with the driver's vision being somewhat obstructed."

Officials are advising people who use the campus to bike or jog, to be cautious at all times.

"Be very careful. As the weather warms up and people are outside walking, riding bikes and jogging," Gordon said. "If you see these people slow down and use caution."

As DiMartino fondly remembers his conversations about sports with Badia he has this message for his neighbor

"I hope he's in a better place right now and hopefully we'll see one another again," he said. "That's my hope as a Christian."
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