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Crash kills Jupiter student en route to receive award

By Pam Perez
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Thursday, May 18, 2006

JUPITER — Nothing about Scott Goering ever seemed wrong.

The 18-year-old Jupiter High School senior was ranked fourth in his class. His stack of report cards abounded in A's. His blond hair was always fixed in place with one quick swipe of a hand, friends said. His life was flawless, like the sleek glass student award his father cupped in his hand Wednesday before he stained it with tears.

"He had a really great year," said his father, Don. "That about sums it all up."

Goering died in a two-car crash Tuesday on his way to his school's senior awards ceremony. His family sat in the audience expecting to see him show up and receive the award emblazoned with the number 10, representing the school's top 10-ranked students.

Instead, as the ceremony began, they met him at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach. Even his school principal left the ceremony to be at their side. He died that night.

Police released few details about the crash Wednesday but confirmed that Goering was one of two passengers in a southbound 2006 Toyota on Parkside Drive in Abacoa around 6:15 p.m., said Sgt. Scott Pascarella, a police spokesman.

A GMC Yukon struck the Toyota when the Toyota attempted to make a left turn into the eastbound lanes of Donald Ross Road.

Investigators did not identify the two drivers or the other passenger because they include minors.

Goering's driver was treated and released at Jupiter Medical Center, Goering's family said. The accident is being investigated.

Traffic at the T intersection is controlled by a stop sign on Parkside. A driver making a left turn from Parkside is required to cross over two westbound lanes and a gap in the median area before reaching his destination.

Drivers often use the gap to stop for traffic before they make a full turn.

The accident occurred at an intersection that is also an entrance into Abacoa Town Center and the FAU campus from Interstate 95. Residents in the area have asked for a traffic light to be installed there.

Grief counselors talked to students and teachers Wednesday, the last official day for seniors, known as Senior Sign Out Day.

Principal Paula Nessmith said a somber cloud lingered over the students as they said goodbye to their teachers and returned the last of their books. Many continued to gather in remembrance of Goering at each other's homes after school.

"They asked why it happened and how it could have happened," Nessmith said. "With all the bad people in the world, why did it happen to Scott? He was a young man who knew he had a path in his life and he was determined to get there."

Several of his friends said they want to honor him at their graduation ceremony May 25 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. They plan to ask his sister Whitney, a senior at the University of Florida, to take his green cap and gown onto the stage and receive his diploma, said his childhood friend, senior Beth Kravitz.

"He worked so hard," Kravitz said.

Goering was known as a high-achieving science whiz who planned to study psychology at UF on a scholarship. He was a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society and the Florida Junior Academy of Science Club, and was an avid tennis player.

He arrived at his prom in a Hummer limousine. He celebrated his 18th birthday May 2.

Friends paid their respects at his home Wednesday with his father, mother, Merrily, and sisters Whitney and Colby.

"He was a brilliant young man who set goals and achieved them," said his aunt, Nancy Schwaderer. "He wanted to make a difference."

The only thing he hadn't accomplished was getting a driver license. Friends said he was skittish about driving because of a minor car accident years ago.

Hours before the accident, he had lunch with Kravitz. She drove. The two reminisced over a banana dream cake they split for dessert.

"He seemed really happy.... He said it was the first time he had ever been full," she said.

Members of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society plan to release a flock of doves at his funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Jupiter First Church, 1475 Indian Creek Parkway. The family plans to have a scholarship established in his name.
Published in The Palm Beach Post on May 17, 2006
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