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Former Williamsport soccer player dies in crash on Spielman Road

December 19, 2012|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

DOWNSVILLE — A 21-year-old Williamsport man who was a well-liked former member of the Williamsport High School boys soccer team was killed in an accident early Wednesday on Spielman Road just south of Downsville Pike (Md. 632), according to Maryland State Police.

Derek Munro died after his vehicle hit a tree at 2:20 a.m, police said in a news release.

Munro was driving north on Spielman Road in a Toyota Corolla when the vehicle crossed the center line and the southbound lane before leaving the road and hitting the tree, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the release.

Munro was the only person in the vehicle, police said.

Munro, who graduated from Williamsport High in 2009, played on the school’s soccer team in 2008 when Chris Downs first started coaching the team.

Downs said he and Munro became close because Munro was a goalkeeper, like Downs had once been.

Munro was a well-liked player on the team and when Munro played well, everyone played well, Downs said.

“He was a catalyst. He was just one of those magnetic personalities everyone wanted to be around,” Downs said Wednesday night.

The team, which had a 13-5 record in 2008, won the county championship that year. The team went to a regional final competition but lost to Boonsboro High School in a penalty shootout, Downs said.

Downs said it was “weird” to hear the news about Munro, considering it comes after another crash on May 6 in which two Williamsport High School seniors were killed in a single-car accident on Rench Road after the school’s prom.

One of the students killed in that crash, Brendon Edward Colliflower, also played for Downs.
 
“I’ve had just about enough of this stuff,” Downs said.

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