A recent Northwest High School graduate was killed in a single-car accident in Howard County early Sunday morning.
At approximately 3:50 a.m., Pierce B. English of Germantown was driving his 2000 Saturn SL2, traveling southbound on Route 94 just south of Brittle Branch Way when it left the roadway for unknown reasons and struck a tree, according to a police report.
English, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene. Preliminary investigation revealed he was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.
Route 94 from Frederick Road to Cattail River Drive was closed for approximately three hours.
English, a 2016 graduate of Northwest High School, had been a well-regarded student according to one of his teachers, Ellen Toy.
“He was a great student, extremely mature,” Toy said. “He got along great with faculty and other students and had huge potential.”
Hannah Sohn had taught the former student freshman geometry and was equally complimentary.
“He was one of the best students,” she said. “Always the first to help out. He was on the football team and if there was time after class, we would throw the football around. Last year he won a Most Improved Senior award and I was able to celebrate with him.”
Matt Hooke contributed to this story.