A man who operated a popular social media page to inform his neighbors in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, of everything from community news to car crashes has died in a car accident.
Police said the 32-year-old man, who was from the Baltimore suburb of Pasadena, Maryland, was speeding when his Acura collided with a BMW. The man was thrown from his car and declared dead at the site of the early morning accident. The teenage driver and passenger of the BMW suffered minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital.
The victim’s partner in the news site, a friend from their high school days, notified the community of his death on their social media page. They had just branched out to their own website. The friends’ goal was to pass on news targeted to their community as quickly as possible, giving readers up-to-date weather and traffic information along with local news. They built a following among neighbors who didn’t know them but felt as if they did.
Readers of their page posted their condolences on the site, expressing their sadness as well as their hope that the man’s mission would continue.
The community page was just one of the victim’s many involvements. In his paying job, he worked as a high school custodian, a job he had held for seven years. He also was a car enthusiast and a frequent visitor to auto shows. He was especially attached to the 2003 Acura he was driving at the time of the fatal accident.
The man is survived by his parents, with whom he lived, and an older sister. And although he was well loved, that does not mean he could not be held liable for the accident. Depending on the severity of the injuries to the occupants of the other car, they may decide to sue the man’s estate for personal injury.