Scene from Coach Lynch's vigil. Photo By Khalid Naji-Allah
The mood on the football field at Suitland High on Fri., Jan. 2 was somber, as hundreds braved the wintry temperatures to salute David "Nick" Lynch, 43, the football coach at Suitland High School who was killed in automobile accident on New Year's Eve. Throughout the crowd people huddled together to pay their respects to a man that was loved by many. People cried and hugged one another for comfort, and shared stories of how Coach Lynch made a difference in their lives both on and off the football field.
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â€œWe just need to try to draw good strengths that we had about Nick,â€ said Mark E. Fossett, Principal of Suitland High School. â€œWe need to try to reflect on those good times.â€
Lynch was traveling South on Branch Ave in Brandywine, when his car was struck by a truck traveling North, at approximately 2:30am on Dec. 31. Lynch was taken to Southern Maryland Hospital in Clinton, where he later died. The driver of the truck suffered a broken leg in the crash.
â€œNick was a friend and a person I respected a lot,â€ said Prince Georgeâ€™s County Schools Athletic Director. â€œHe was a person had the kids best interest at heart; who worked real hard with his kids and his student athletes.â€