Knoxville auto shop staff mourns death of mechanic -- Gazette.Net


Exploding tractor tire kills man, 39, at Brunswick Auto Repair

by Tripp Laino

Staff Writer

The staff at the Brunswick Auto Repair in Knoxville remember Brian Alan Snoots as a family member, not as an employee.

Lisa Poole, who worked with Snoots for three years, spoke on behalf of owner Darren Mullen, who was too emotional to answer the phone Friday.

“Brian was not just an employee here,” Poole said. “Brian was our family ­— he was just so much more than [just an employee]. We don’t think of him as that. He was just like a son to Darren. It’s a hard time for him. He’ll never be replaced here. It’s going to be hard to go on without him.”

Snoots, 39, of Knoxville was filling an industrial tractor tire at about 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday at Brunswick Auto Repair in Knoxville when it blew up and struck him, said Detective Sgt. Wayne Wachsmuth of the Frederick barrack of the Maryland State Police.

“We assume there was too much air in it,” he said.

Snoots was pronounced dead when troopers arrived at about 8:42 a.m., Wachsmuth said.

He said no charges were likely to be filed in the incident.

Snoots was born in Charles Town, W.Va., in 1973, according to an obituary posted with Stauffer Funeral Homes PA.

He was a 1992 graduate of Brunswick High School, and always wanted to be a mechanic, working on cars and racing trucks from an early age, the obituary said.

A memorial service will be held at Stauffer Funeral Home at 1100 N. Maple Ave. in Brunswick on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Department are conducting investigations into the apparent accident.