Crash victim remembered as positive role model

October 08, 2002|by DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 23-year-old Martinsburg man who died following a single-car crash on U.S. 340 Sunday in Maryland was on his way home from a party in Frederick, Md., where a friend was celebrating his 21st birthday, relatives said Monday.

Derrick Jon Niewiadomsky's wife did not go to the party because she was not feeling well, said Deborah Fiol Niewiadomsky, Derrick's mother.

"They have only been married a year and three months," Niewiadomsky's mother said.

Derrick Niewiadomsky died after he lost control of a 1999 Volkswagen Jetta while traveling west on U.S. 340 at Keep Tryst Road at about 12:09 a.m. Sunday, Maryland State Police said.


Niewiadomsky went off the right side of the road, hit an embankment and overturned several times, police said. He was the only person in the car.

Niewiadomsky was born in Hagerstown and attended private schools in the Washington County area, said his brother, Matthew Niewiadomsky.

Niewiadomsky attended high school at Highland View Academy, where he played basketball, his mother said.

Niewiadomsky also played football and softball for leagues in Washington County, his mother said.

For about the last six years, Niewiadomsky worked for the Review and Herald Publishing Co., on Oak Ridge Drive in Hagerstown, according to his brother.

Niewiadomsky started out doing maintenance for the firm and moved into warehousing operations, his brother said.

Relatives remembered Niewiadomsky as a "super sensitive" person who was a positive role model for his siblings.

Matthew Niewiadomsky said his brother supported him in everything he did.

"I looked up to him. You couldn't ask for a better brother," said Matthew Niewiadomsky, 20, of Martinsburg.

Derrick Niewiadomsky and his wife, Mercedes Rose Craig Niewiadomsky, recently built a new home on Nottingham Boulevard, off Douglas Grove Road south of Martinsburg, his mother said.

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