Driver Charged In Fatal Hit-And-Run Of Student Seong Hoon Baek Near Stony Brook

STONY BROOK, NY (CBSNewYork) — Police say a Stony Brook University student was killed when he was hit by a truck while riding his bicycle.

Seong Hoon Baek, a 21-year-old from Flushing, Queens, was riding his bike near the school on Route 347 when police say he was hit by a pickup truck around 9:45 p.m. Thursday. The impact knocked his shoes off and launched him from his bike.

Baek, known as David to his friends, was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. That stretch of road is known for serious and sometimes fatal incidents.

Detectives say the driver, 30-year-old Michael Tarduno Jr., fled the scene of the crash in his Ford F-350 pickup truck.

Witnesses were able to give police the license plate number and after an extensive search, police say they located the vehicle with drugs inside several hours later at Tarduno’s Setauket home and he was placed under arrest.

Tarduno claimed he’s innocent, saying he believed he hit a guard rail.

He’s been charged with driving while impaired by drugs, criminal possession of a controlled substance and leaving the scene of a fatal Accident. Bail has been set at $200,000.

Baek was a double major in biochemistry and economics, as well as a member of the Korean Christian Fellowship.

“That’s just wow, I don’t have any words. I don’t know why anyone would hit-and-run like that,” said junior Nia Romin.

“It’s a tragedy that someone would drive while under the influence and leave the scene so it angers me,” said Gerrold Stein, Dean of Students.

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  1. SBU Alum says:

    15,000 students and Nia Romin’s quote was the best this journalist could find. gosh

    1. SBU Alum says:

      Here is a quote from the KCF on facebook, “Even though we are mourning, let’s rejoice for David’s soul is finally at peace. Just thinking about it…I am thankful because we got to worship the Lord together one last time at Love Banquet last week. He was next to me and I can recall his passionate prayers and singing as he expressed his gratitude to God. Thank you God for giving us (the body of Christ) that opportunity to love him and leaving me with that wonderful memory. I am blessed to know and serve with this brother. Please pray for David’s family, for they are not believers. I think he would appreciate that most.” -Faye Yan

  2. Jay says:

    Taeduno Sr is a felon himself so I really don’t think think that matters. People should not be riding there bikes down 347 that is a very dangerous move. it is very possible the guy had no idea he hit somebody a f-350 is a huge truck. And how do the cops determine if somebody was on drugs driving the night before? they give them the morning after test? The cops up there say anything they want to back there case. And the news always reports every little word they say for a better story. It is still horrible what happened but 347 is not the place for bike rides

    1. Goni says:

      woah even if he wasn’t high he had possession of drugs and on top of that he fled the scene. Guard rail? yeah right that’s the best he can come up with that resembles a crushed up bicycle?

  3. Jay says:

    Taeduno Sr is a felon himself so I really don’t think think that matters. People should not be riding there bikes down 347 that is a very dangerous move. it is very possible the guy had no idea he hit somebody a f-350 is a huge truck. And how do the cops determine if somebody was on drugs driving the night before? they give them the morning after test? The cops up there say anything they want to back there case. And the news always reports every little word they say for a better story. It is still horrible what happened but 347 is not the place for bike rides.

  4. SBU Student says:

    Stony Brook University administration does nothing to ensure the safety of the students who walk and bike to and from the university. Students travel across rte 87 and along makeshift paths on the sides of busy roads to get from neighborhoods in setauket onto campus. To go shopping at department stores on rte 347 students, like David, use the shoulder along the side of major roads. Each year students die and still nothing gets done. The administration should be held accountable, the fact that this has gone on for so long is despicable.

    1. SBU Grad Student says:

      I couldn’t agree more. While the direct cause of this tragedy was another short-guy complex a-hole driving driving an unjustifiably large vehicle, the administration as well as city planners are at fault for failing to build safe bike and pedestrian paths. As well, I feel that Long Islanders themselves are responsible. Ever since the university was built, the local HOAs have fought the university on any effort to make the surrounding area a more student-friendly place. All they want are their stop-light cluttered (which they habitually run), high speed roads connecting their cookie-cutter suburban tract homes to their strip malls. Nothing about Seong Hoon Baek’s death is an accident. That loser Tarduno could have prevented this, the administration could have prevented this, the Long Island city planners could have prevented this, the Long Island people could have prevented this.

      1. SBU Alum says:

        yes, because SBU’s administration should be responsible and accountable for maintaining safe bike and pedestrian paths OFF CAMPUS.

  5. mike says:

    Perhaps David would have forgiven this man for taking his life.. just as God had forgiven David for his sins through the grace of Jesus Christ. Lets remember and honor him by loving others, friend or foe, and sharing the love God has shared with us. Matthew 18:21. We all live and die, one way or the other, that is the way God intended. He left a great memory here while living.. i hope we can all do the same.

  6. ACHOI says:

    David was loved so much. A sweet, funny, smart, beautiful friend, brother, son to so many. He is a servant of God, and served his brothers and sisters in Christ with love and smiles. For his life to be taken away so recklessly and tragically is tremendously heart breaking. A huge percentage of SBU students, and local residents walk, bike, and run around the Stony Brook & Lake Grove neighborhoods. The CITY must make changes to make university neighborhoods safer for the students, and town residents. There are so many crazy people around this area, even around our campus. Female students are being stalked and followed by crazy locals in university commuter parking lots, as well. Please protect our BRIGHT & LOVING MINDS OF THE FUTURE! Mr. Tarduno is not the only man who drives around high and reckless. I’ve seen so many careless drivers around this area, and I see 100 times more students walking and biking around this area with heavy backpacks and textbooks in their arms; walking alone after a long day/night of studying. Please do not overlook these fatal tragedies.

  7. You Lack Moral Fiber says:

    Hope you rot in jail Tarduno.

  8. smith says:

    Should get to the source of drugs so that the dealer n tarduno can share a cell

  9. smith says:

    How do cops know he was high? They arrested him hours later.

  10. Stella D'Oro says:

    Tarduno Jr. = ReTardo

  11. Joe Schmo says:

    greaseball

  12. Nick says:

    This is not the first time I’ve seen this happened, one of my friend also lost his life at 347 hwy last year. The CITY has to do something about this hwy. PUT UP SOME WARNING SIGN, STREET LIGHTS. Do something please, nobody wants to see police and more ambulances coming back year after year leaving with body bags!!

  13. his friend says:

    a guard rail?!? you were too high to realize that it was a human being. because of your ass, all his family and friends are grieving . have fun getting rape in jail. white trash

  14. Greg says:

    My bestfriend. I miss you so much

  15. E holder says:

    White trash

  16. You've got jail says:

    Tarduno Sr. must be so proud of you!

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