CLEVELAND — Just seven weeks after graduating from Case Western Reserve University, 22-year-old Cooper Tulloch died Sunday in what is being called a hit-and-run incident in Cleveland.
“Cooper was very quiet, very reserved, but very, very popular with his teammates and certainly his coaches,” said head football coach Greg Debeljak as part of a tribute posted on CWRU’s “the daily” Tuesday morning. “He just went about his work very quietly but was a very hard worker, and very dependable.”
Tulloch, who played on the football team like his brother, Hunter, earned a bachelor's degree in finance, according to CWRU.
“In general, he had a great time at CWRU,” his mother, Joy, said. “He made lifelong friends that he would have kept forever.”
Tulloch's roommate and CWRU football teammate Matthew Boss told 3News that "Cooper was an incredible friend. He was quiet at first, but once he got to know someone, he would light up every room."
"I'll never forget his his contagious laugh and unbelievable sense of humor," Boss added. "We were roommates for all four years and I wouldn't have wanted to experience college with anyone else. I'll forever miss him."
Cooper Tulloch was originally from Boca Raton, Florida. In 17 career games for the Spartans, he recorded eight total tackles to help the team win a pair of Presidents' Athletic Conference championships and reach the NCAA Division III football playoffs twice.
Counseling services are available to students 24/7 at 216-368-5872. Faculty and staff can also access counseling through IMPACT Solutions at 1-800-227-6007.
Cleveland police report the incident happened around 3:30 a.m. when "multiple motorists reported finding a male lying in the right lane" of I-90 East near the Chester Avenue exit ramp. Police say the unidentified vehicle that struck Tulloch failed to stop and left the scene.
Anybody with information is asked to call the Cleveland Division of Police at 216-621-1234.