Service held at St. Mary's College for student killed in auto crash

Visitation to be held today in Ellicott City for Joshua L. Siegert

March 14, 2003|By Jason Song | Jason Song,SUN STAFF

St. Mary's College of Maryland students held a memorial service yesterday for Joshua Leland Siegert, a former Long Reach High School student who died in a car crash early Wednesday.

"The campus is still in shock," said Jayson Williams, the student body president.

Siegert, 21, of the 5100 block of Orchard Green in Columbia was a passenger in a car driven by Bernard Jonathan Sekula, a senior at the college.

As the two were headed south on Route 5 near Willow's Road about 2 a.m., the 2002 Acura car drifted into the northbound lane, hit a concrete culvert and became airborne, according to the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Department.

The car struck a utility pole, the Sheriff's Department said.

Siegert and Sekula, of Glen Gardner, N.J., were pronounced dead at the scene.

Yesterday, people began posting remembrances on the college's Web site. Many of the postings mentioned Siegert's sense of humor.

He was known to fake bee stings during high school baseball practice to distract base runners, a play that has sense been christened the "Siegert play" at Long Reach.

"Never has there been a person more willing to make life fun for others than Josh.

"He always had a line ready to make me laugh (or cringe and then laugh), and he always had a mischievous smile on his face," wrote Sarah Murray.

Others talked about his love of baseball. Siegert wanted to be a grade school teacher and high school baseball coach after he graduated. The junior played on the St. Mary's baseball team.

"Josh had this way about him that always made things seem OK. ... Guys like him are the glue that holds teams together," wrote Chris Segal.

Funeral arrangements for Siegert were finalized yesterday.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Harry H. Witzke Family Funeral Home, 4112 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at First Evangelical Lutheran Church at 3604 Chatham Road, Ellicott City.

Donations may be made to a scholarship fund at First Evangelical Lutheran Church or to the baseball program at St. Mary's College of Maryland, 16800 Point Lookout Road, St. Mary's City 20686.

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