'She was full of life,' father says of UMD student killed along Rt. 1

The University of Maryland student who was hit and killed by an SUV early yesterday in College Park was an aspiring singer-songwriter. Maria Fisher's death has put the focus again on pedestrian safety at a big university surrounded by very busy streets.

COLLEGE PARK, MD. (WUSA9) - Maria Fisher was set to meet her father at Ravens Stadium later in the day when she was killed trying to cross Route 1 in College Park early Sunday.

"She was full of life," her heartbroken father said from the family's Lancaster, Pa home.

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Fisher was an 18-year-old freshman at the University of Maryland, an aspiring singer/songwriter and recording artist. She was inspired by recent classes in psychology and criminology, her father said. She had not yet chosen a major.

Fisher was hit by an Acura SUV as she tried to cross Baltimore Avenue at Campus Drive just before dawn Sunday morning. She was walking from an off campus location toward her on-campus dorm, her father said.

The driver of the SUV, and adult male, stopped immediately and tested negative for alcohol, Prince George's County police said.   

Fisher was in or near a crosswalk, according to police.

Investigators are looking into whether or not Fisher may have been using her phone at the time of the incident.

Police also trying to determine if Fisher was crossing with the light.

The investigation is ongoing and as of Monday, no charges have been filed.

There are 28,000 undergraduates at the University of Maryland, many of whom cross Baltimore Avenue multiple times a day.

The area near the University is protected by 10 crosswalks at seven intersections with signals.

Pedestrian enhancements installed in 2015 include fencing and upgraded signals between Hartwick Road and Knox Rd. The enhancements were in response to 5 pedestrians being struck in an 11-month period.

The enhancements are about 3/4 of a mile south of where Fisher was killed.

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