Area high school student dies in car accident

Oct. 23, 2003, midnight | By Shewit Woldu | 17 years, 2 months ago

Paul Chester, a Georgetown Preparatory School student and Eastern Middle School graduate, died on Thursday October 16 in Germantown after an automobile collision on Friday, October 10.

In the car with Chester was Michael J. Ruthenberg-Marshall, 17, another Georgetown prep junior who was driving the 1997 Toyota RAV 4 north on Ritcher Farm Road toward Clopper Road around 11 p.m when the accident happened, according to the Gazette.

Rutenberg-Marshall, who did not suffer life-threatening injuries, was taken to Shady Grove Hospital.

According to the Gazette, the accident occurred on a right-turn only lane, and police spokeswoman Lucille Baur reports that Rutenberg-Marshall failed to stop at the stop sign or make a right turn onto Clopper road, said Baur. After the vehicle passed through the intersection, it hit a curb and slammed into a tree along the side of the road, she said.

His funeral was held on October 19 at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of our Lady of Lourdes at Georgetown Prep.

Blair students who knew Chester are saddened over his death. "[Chester] was one of my very best friends in middle school, and I guessed I always thought I'd see him again. It was a shocking just because you don't actually think that this happens to you or people that you know and care about," said junior Joanna Pinto-Coelho.

Anyone who would like to contribute individually to a Georgetown Prep Scholarship in Chester's name can make checks out to "Paul Chester Memorial Fund" and send them to Georgetown Preparatory School, 10900 Rockville North Bethesda, MD 20852.

Information complied from the Gazette and the Washington Post

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