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Relatives Mourn Cornell Grad Killed in West Side Highway Hit-and-Run

By DNAinfo Staff on March 11, 2013 12:19pm  | Updated on March 29, 2013 10:34am

CHELSEA — The mother of a 22-year-old Cornell grad mowed down by a hit-and-run driver on the West Side Highway over the weekend was making arrangements for his funeral Monday as her son’s killer still remains on the loose.

Linda Quinn, whose son Andrew Quinn was walking home from a night out Saturday when he was killed, said that police told her they're still hunting for any information that could help identify the driver who left her son for dead.

“They’re going back to the scene and knocking on doors,” Linda Quinn said Monday, speaking from her home in Morris Plains, New Jersey. “As far as I know, no one’s come forward.”

Quinn was struck early Saturday morning by an unidentified driver going south on the West Side Highway near West 23rd Street at 2:55 a.m., police said. He was rushed from the scene to Bellevue Hospital, where he died.

He died from multiple blunt impact injuries to his head, chest, and limbs, the Medical Examiner's office said March 29.

Quinn's mother said he was an outgoing young man who loved to travel.

“He had a promising future, and he was a great leader. He packed so much into his 22 years of life, so much more than most people do,” she said, adding that she was heading to the funeral home to make arrangements Monday. “Andrew was a great guy."

A recent graduate of Cornell, Quinn had been working as a real estate analyst at Tishman Hotel & Realty since June of last year, according to his Facebook page.

“Everyone at Tishman Hotel and Realty is shocked and saddened by this tragedy. Andrew was a smart and engaging member of our team,” Tishman spokesman John Gallagher wrote in a statement.

“He had a bright future ahead of him. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family and friends, and will keep them in our thoughts and prayers.”

Quinn’s friend, Meghan Gaudet, posted a photo on Facebook Saturday of the two of them with the caption “cherish every memory.”

In a letter posted on The Cornell Daily Sun's website, Quinn’s fraternity brothers from the 2012 Delta Upsilon class described him as “fun-loving, talented, and ambitious” and said they are “stunned by his loss.”

Some DU brothers gathered over the weekend to share their memories and stories of Quinn, and to raise a glass in his honor, they wrote.

“We love and miss you bud, they wrote in the Sun, ”you will always be our brother.”