CARLSBAD, Calif. – A 16-year-old boy who died Wednesday when an SUV packed with teenagers crashed in Carlsbad is being remembered for his love of the ocean and his passion for surfing.
The crash happened after 2 a.m. on Carlsbad Village Drive near Valley Street. Investigators say Jack Munday was killed and seven others were hospitalized after they lost control of a Toyota 4Runner SUV while driving west on Carlsbad Village Drive, causing the vehicle to crash and roll over onto its side. Some of the passengers were not wearing seatbelts, according to police.
The other seven passengers suffered both serious and minor injuries and have been cooperative with authorities. Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in the crash, investigators say.
“This is devastating, that’s all I can say, honestly,” said Terry Faruque, Munday’s baseball coach. “It’s just devastating. He was a great kid — a great soul.”
Throughout the day, teachers, coaches, friends and neighbors have spoken out in a show of support for the Munday family. A fundraiser to help offset the family’s memorial costs raised nearly $23,000 as of 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Lifelong friends of Munday’s said they simply could not believe the news of the crash.
“I remember going to the beach with him and laughing,” friend Adam Faruque said. “He was such a kind soul that he doesn’t deserve that.”
Jill Armstrong, a teacher at Magnolia Elementary where Munday once attended school, said the community is keeping his family in mind this week.
“We just love the family, love the Mundays,” Armstrong said, “and wanted to let them know everyone in Carlsbad is thinking about them and we love them.”