- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
A Waldorf teen well known in the skating community who family and friends say had a passion for music and art died Saturday after being hit by a car.
At 12:53 a.m. July 13, Charles County sheriff’s officers went to Berry Road near Cassidy Street after someone reported a crash involving a pedestrian.
According to a preliminary investigation, Matthew Daniel Douglas, 17, was on the westbound side of Berry Road when he was hit by a Lexus driven by a 57-year-old man from White Plains.
“He was just walking home,” friend Travis Patterson, 24, of White Plains said in a phone interview.
Patterson said he believes Douglas was walking on the sidewalk at the time of the accident.
The details and cause of the crash still are under investigation.
Officers reported that the driver of the Lexus stayed on the scene as emergency crews arrived.
No information on the driver has been released because no charges had been filed by Tuesday afternoon.
Douglas was transported to Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly, where he died as a result of his injuries around 11 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office.
Douglas’ mother Sharon Smith Douglas said her son was very kind and that he loved to cook and bake. She recalled a time when her bananas started to go bad and she asked her son to whip up banana bread. He made “the best” banana bread, she said.
She said he had no lessons in cooking but simply followed recipes to cook and bake for friends and family, and that he would “feed everybody.”
Douglas’ aunt, who did not want to be named, said, “He was a special kid and the best human being, even at the age of 17, that anyone would want to know.”
Sharon Smith Douglas said that her son shared his father’s passion for music.
Friend Marcus Patterson, 23, of White Plains said that when it came to music, Douglas would create his own songs and improve on them constantly. He said that one day Douglas would play a song he wrote and then the next time the two got together, he’d either have a new song ready or have improved on another. As for skating, Marcus Patterson said, “I looked up to him so much.”
Many of the skate tricks Douglas would perform, he said, were “perfect.”
“I want to skate just like him,” he said.
Marcus Patterson said Douglas was an all-around nice guy with “perfect manners.”
North Point High School Vice Principal Carrie Akins said that Douglas, who graduated from North Point in June, was an avid skateboard enthusiast and a “very talented artist.”
Akins said Douglas was “the kind of student I could always count on to help me or fellow classmates.”
She said North Point teachers often described Douglas as a student who always would provide insightful and thoughtful answers.
“He was like an old soul in a young body,” Akins said of Douglas, whom she described as articulate and well-mannered.
Travis Patterson said that Douglas and his twin brother Michael were some of the first friends he made when moving to the area. He said Matthew Douglas was one of the nicest people he knew, calling him a “true friend.”