Former Mount Saint Joseph basketball player dies in hit-and-run, police searching for driver

Baltimore County police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run in Owings Mills.

The department wrote in a news release that Daveyon Jakin Barnes, 21, of Owings Mills, died just before 7 a.m. Saturday after being struck by two vehicles on Reisterstown Road Friday night.

Barnes was a sophomore at Adelphi University and played on the men’s basketball team, according to the team’s website. He played in 11 games off the bench during the 2017-2018 season.

He also played basketball at Mount Saint Joseph High School in Baltimore, which mourned his loss on Twitter, writing “RIP Doc.”

His former Mount Saint Joseph coach, Pat Clatchey, said everyone knew Barnes as “Doc” and that the undersized power forward had “a very contagious personality.”

“He had the ability to get along with people from all walks of life,” Clatchey said. “I think his basketball experience kind of helped him do that.”

He added that he knew Barnes as an athletic and competitive power forward who played “with effort and energy, rebounding even though he was undersized.”

“[He was] just a good person and when anybody this young passes away, it’s a tragedy,” Clatchey said.

Police said Barnes was attempting to cross the street around 11:10 p.m. when a Kia Forte struck him while traveling south on the roadway.

Barnes was then struck by a sedan police said is believed to be “lighter in color.”

While the driver of the Forte stopped and remained at the scene, police said the other vehicle drove away following the crash.

The department is asking that the second driver come forward to police and that anyone with information about the driver call 410-307-2020. Tips can be left anonymously.

This story has been updated to reflect the correct date of the crash and Barnes' death.
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