‘Intelligent, driven’ Montgomery Co. student remembered after fatal truck crash

Family and friends pay their respects at the funreal of Patrick Shifflett on Monday. (WTOP/Rich Johnson)
Family and friends pay their respects at the funeral of Patrick Shifflett on Monday. (WTOP/Rich Johnson)

Family members received condolences before the funeral at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland. (WTOP/Rich Johnson)
Family members received condolences before the funeral at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland. (WTOP/Rich Johnson)

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Family and friends pay their respects at the funreal of Patrick Shifflett on Monday. (WTOP/Rich Johnson)
Family members received condolences before the funeral at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland. (WTOP/Rich Johnson)

WASHINGTON — Several hundred family members, friends and classmates gathered on Monday to remember Patrick Shifflett, a Montgomery County high school junior, who died last week in a horrific accident.

“He lived more in his 18 years than many people that lived 80,” said Porter Shifflett, Patrick Shifflett’s uncle.

Patrick Shifflett, 17-year-old Jacob Dennis and 17-year-old Cary Greene, all students at Clarksburg High School, were killed when Dennis’ pickup truck veered off a road and slammed into a tree near Damascus.

Police say a combination of speed and driver inexperience were factors in the crash.

But the day was about remembering Patrick Shifflett, a Laytonsville resident. Family members received condolences before the funeral at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

“He was an athlete, a scholar, a son, a brother. But most importantly, a great friend to all,” said Porter Shifflett.

“I just can’t think of a more respectful, intelligent, driven and purposeful person,” he added.

And still filled with surprises.

“We’re learning about ways in which Patrick touched people that we never even knew of,” he said.

Editor’s note: this story has been updated to reflect the students attended Clarksburg High School.

Kate Ryan

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