Mass held for teen killed in crash

Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - Marsha Skubic hopes her son, Chris Snyder didn't die in vain.

Snyder, 15, died May 4, along with his friend Scott Atchison, when they were run over by a van after being ejected onto a busy street from the trunk of a car.

"I hope kids learn a lesson from this accident and parents, cherish your child because they could be gone in the blink of an eye," Skubic said Tuesday after a funeral Mass at St. Dorothy's Catholic Church in Glendora.

Snyder was described as loving, carefree, accepting, courageous, quiet, honorable and full of life.

Skubic said her son loved to climb into bed with her and watch television, Kool-Aid was his drink of choice and he wore his cowboy boots for virtually the entire first grade.

David Snyder said he always made his son buckle up in the car.

Since his death, the older Snyder has learned others hitch rides in trunks for a variety of reasons, including ditching school.

"He told me just two weeks ago that he never wanted to grow up. I didn't think he meant it that literally," said Snyder, adding that he wants to start a program to teach children about car safety.

Stephanie Snyder said her big brother was her protector and taught her to wrestle and punch.

"He made me feel safe," she said.

Atchison and Snyder climbed into the trunk of a Mazda, driven by an unlicensed 17-year-old from San Dimas, because the car was full. Neither the driver nor his four male passengers were injured.

Both boys died from multiple blunt-force injuries, said county coroner spokeswoman Tina Zaragoza.

The accident remains under investigation by Glendora police. No arrests have been made and no citations have been issued.

The community rallied to raise money for funeral expenses, On Saturday, a car wash was held at Peppertree Cafe. Tuesday night, the McDonald's on Route 66 donated all of its sales to both families.

The funeral service for Atchison will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at The Church of the Open Door, 701 W. Sierra Madre Ave., Glendora.