GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — A metro Atlanta chemistry professor died nearly two weeks after being the victim of a hit-and-run while traveling for the holidays in Maryland, authorities said.
Thomas Gluick, an assistant professor of chemistry at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, died Sunday from injuries he suffered in the hit-and-run on New Year’s Eve, Baltimore County police said in a tweet. He had made a stop at a Baltimore-area mall after visiting family in New York for Christmas, AJC.com previously reported.
According to a family friend, the 62-year-old professor was making his way home to Georgia when he was hit by a pickup truck. Police are looking for a 2013 to 2020 Dodge Ram and its male driver.
Police previously told local news outlets that he was hit while crossing a busy street that leads into downtown Towson, so investigators hope someone saw the incident and will come forward.
Gluick’s former wife and friend, Sheila Garrity, created a GoFundMe page to raise money for his medical bills, which will now be used to cover cremation and funeral costs. As of Tuesday afternoon, the page had raised nearly $16,000.
Gluick was a research scientist and taught chemistry at John Hopkins University for many years during the 1990s, the Baltimore Sun reported.
Garrity told the newspaper that Gluick’s death came as a shock to her because she had seen him in the hospital the day prior, when he talked about rehabilitation for broken bones he’d suffered in the crash.
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