University of Dayton student from Cincinnati dies; police investigating

Centerville's Drew Thompson puts up a shot defended by Archbishop Moeller's Michael Currin March 11, 2020 in their Division I Regional boys basketball semifinal at Xavier University's Cintas Center. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

Credit: Nick Graham

Credit: Nick Graham

A University of Dayton student who was a standout high school basketball player in Cincinnati died after an incident Sunday morning.

The death of Michael Currin, 19, was originally investigated by Dayton Police as a hit-and-run crash, according to a Dayton crash report. However, a media release by Dayton Police Monday afternoon says that Currin was found with “critical injuries under unknown circumstances.”

“We are very early in the investigation and detectives from the Crash Reconstruction Unit have been gathering evidence and conducting interviews since the incident occurred, they will now be joined by our homicide detectives,” Dayton Police said.

Archbishop Moeller High School confirmed Michael Currin’s death and shared a statement from his family.

“Michael Currin passed away peacefully this morning,” read the post. “We ask for your prayers for his family and ask for privacy to grieve. Please channel your prayers from a miracle for Michael to a miracle that we don’t yet understand."

May our brother rest In peace. We love you, Michael!

Posted by Moeller Alumni on Monday, September 21, 2020

His family also asked for prayers as a novena to St. Michael.

UD will host a virtual prayer and support fathering tonight from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom.

“Michael is part of a strong UD alumni family, and we extend our deepest sympathy and prayers to his family, friends, professors and our campus community,” said UD President Eric Spina. “Campus ministers, housing and residence life and counseling staff are always available for you and for those you know who may be deeply affected by this loss.”

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Currin played basketball at Archbishop Moeller High School. He was a part of the Moeller 2018-2019 state champion basketball team and a 2020 graduate. He was studying business at UD.

The Dayton crash report says Currin was walking on Wayne Avenue when he was struck. The crash report doesn’t give much information about what led up to the incident.

“Unit number two was traveling in at an unknown direction and at an unknown rate of speed in the 3100 block of Wayne Avenue,” the report says. “Unit two failed to stop and properly identify themselves as required by law.”

The report was removed from the Ohio Department of Public Safety Crash Retrieval Website Monday afternoon.

The Dayton Police Department is investigating the incident and asked that anyone with information contact Detective McDonald at 937-333-1141. Those who want to remain anonymous can call Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 937-222-STOP.

Police responded to the 3100 block of Wayne Ave. around 3:30 a.m. Sunday after a caller reported a teenager laying in the road.

“There’s this kid that’s just unconscious in the road,” the woman told 911 dispatchers. “I don’t see him moving at all.”

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The woman said she saw the teen, later identified as Currin, while she was in her vehicle heading to work.

She said that she saw Currin move his head and that he was covered in blood.

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