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A Nanjemoy honor-roll student who died in a car crash Tuesday was mourned and remembered at Henry E. Lackey High School.

Juwuan Michael Stewart, 17, was driving north in a 2004 Buick LeSabre on Route 425 at Charles County Landfill Road in Pisgah at 3:26 p.m. Tuesday when he struck the rear of a 1996 Ford truck and drove off the road, striking a pole, Maryland State police reported.

Witnesses told police that Stewart got out of his car and walked away. Moments later he returned to the car, and it burst into flames, engulfing Stewart and the car.

Police pronounced the teen dead at the scene.

Lackey Principal James Short said Thursday morning that Stewart was “truly an exceptional student” and contributed to making Lackey a positive place to be.

“Juwuan was a young man that we all should be proud of,” Short said.

Short said Juwan, a Lackey senior, was a very personable young man. He was a student aide in the office every afternoon; he got along with and interacted with everyone and was very respectful.

“All the kids loved him,” Short said.

Short said Stewart was involved in the fashion club at the school for the past two years and participated on the freshman basketball team his first year at the Indian Head school.

Wednesday morning, the school’s counselors along with counselors and support staff from surrounding schools and the central office were on hand to talk with students and staff.

Short said for the most part “our kids consoled each other. We gave them space and time to grieve.”

Jo Laverne Dickerson, 55, of Nanjemoy was driving the truck. Police said she was not injured. A passenger in Dickerson’s truck, Nathan Lee Davis, also was not injured.

gphillips@somdnews.com