A Maryland high school student said to be on the way to an internship opportunity was killed Wednesday afternoon when his car veered on Interstate 270 and hit a box truck parked on the highway’s shoulder.
Josh Snyder, 17, a wrestler and cross-country runner at Northwest High School in Germantown, died in the crash, according to state police and school officials.
The teenager was driving in a silver Buick Century in the southbound lanes south of Montrose Road about 3:20 p.m. when he swerved left, striking the rear of the box truck, which was unattended, authorities said. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor, police said.
Greg Shipley, a spokesman for the Maryland State Police, confirmed Thursday the victim was wearing his seat belt. What may have led to the crash is part of a reconstruction investigation that could take months to complete, he said.
Snyder’s school was in mourning Thursday. Students laid flowers across his campus parking space — No. 784 — and wrote tributes in chalk around it.
“Miss You Bro, you were one of my first friends in 2nd grade,” said one.
“We love and miss you Josh, R.I.P.,” another read.
Principal Jimmy D’Andrea said in an interview Thursday that Snyder was well respected in the school of 2,600 students, which was looking forward to Homecoming in two weeks. The teenager was a senior.
“He was very kind and compassionate and just had such a positive impact on everyone he came in contact with,” D’Andrea said. “He was an awesome person and from a wonderful family. My heart breaks for his family, his friends and our community.”
The teenager, from Boyds, was remembered on a GoFundMe page set up to help cover funeral expenses.
“He was kind hearted, fun loving and hard working,” the page said. “He was a true friend. He will be missed dearly.”
According to the page, Snyder had recently been told about a physical therapy internship opportunity, which he was excited about. “He was headed there when the accident occurred,” the page said.
It said the teenager loved wrestling, ran on the track team and played football for a year. After that, it said, he “became a fan. You could always spot him cheering for the NWHS football team because of that familiar red hair.”