The death of Robert Smuniewski early Saturday has shocked the normally quiet town of Easton. Smuniewski, 18, was traveling on a four-wheeler when he was struck by a car and killed, shortly after midnight.
Smuniewski, a senior, had recently joined Joel Barlow High School's hockey team and was honing his ice skills while being a major contributor to team morale, coach Pete Maxfield said. "All the kids from the team really loved Rob," Maxfield said, "He was just an upbeat kid, a lot of fun. He always had a smile on his face. He was just a great kid."
Maxfield was sick in bed Saturday when he decided to check his email. It was then that he realized he had many emails and voice messages for him, telling him the tragic news.
"I was taken aback, it's really, really sad," he said. "It's the kind of thing that's going to hit the whole school really hard."
The athletic department contacted Maxfield when Rob expressed desire to join the team this year. "They told me a little bit about him," Maxfield said. "They said how much they absolutely love him, and how much he's always upbeat, and making people laugh. And they were exactly right. He was a really special guy. It's a tragedy."
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