Family, Community Mourn Crash Victim

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MONTOURSVILLE -- A teenager was killed Saturday in Lycoming County when the vehicle he was driving went off the road just several miles from his home.

Now his parents, friends and the entire community are mourning Sam Snell's death.

Snell's parents want everyone to know he was good for the world.

His band director at Montoursville Area High School said Sam personified good clean fun.

After his life was cut short in a crash Saturday, they are all remembering the 17-year-old for all the good he brought to their lives.

There is not much else on Ronald and Loraine Snell's minds other than their son, Sam. Sam was the smiling 17-year-old high school senior in family photos.

He was everything to his parents and now they are coming to terms with life without him.

"I don't know how you could ever explain it," said Ronald Snell.

"We've lived our life for him the last 17 years. Now he's gone, we're not sure what we're going to do now," added his wife, Loraine.

It was Saturday afternoon when state police said Sam Snell lost control of the vehicle he was driving south on Route 87 just miles from home.

For some reason, he went off the road and hit a tree. Sam died at the scene.

His parents said Sam went hunting early that morning and even got his first turkey. After chopping wood with his dad and grandfather, his parents believe Sam fell asleep at the wheel.

"We looked forward to him getting married someday and having grandchildren. We're never going to have it," said Loraine Snell.

Grief counselors were at Montoursville Area High School where Snell was a senior. Sam played in the marching band and for band director Adam Wright, the teen left a lasting impression.

"Sam is as close to my own as can be," said Wright. "It's like losing a family member."

So the school, Sam's family and friends are planning a memorial service at the high school auditorium Wednesday.

The marching band will dedicate its half-time performance at Friday's football game to Sam's memory.

The kind of memory that helps Sam's parents through such a difficult time.

"We honestly don't think we'll be as happy as we were, he made us happy."

State police are still investigating the crash.