Aspiring science teacher killed in the crash of I-95

0
54

ST. LUCIA COUNTY – Arthur Schuck IV was an attentive, funny and tolerant young man who wanted to become a science teacher.

"He always made you feel that he cared for you. He listened, "said Alonza Smith, 23, of his friend Schuck IV. "He was a really, really amazing person, and it really breaks my heart to know he's not here now."

Schuck IV, 21, of Port St. Lucie, died after a crash on Interstate 95 near Hobe Sound on Tuesday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

More: Port St. Lucie man dies in an accident on I-95 near Hobe Sound

"It was a big young man. He put the feelings of everyone in front of his, "said Wednesday Arthur Schuck III, father of Schuck IV. "He saw someone downstairs, he did his best to make him smile. He would do nothing for anyone. "

Schuck IV was driving a 2000 Chevrolet pickup truck northward around 4:40 pm with passengers Dexter Schuck, 17 years old; Jackie Trower, 27; and a 17-year-old girl, said the FHP.

Dexter Schuck, seriously injured, is the brother of Schuck IV.

Schuck IV lost control of the truck, which overturned and crossed the median in southbound lanes. Three vehicles heading south hit the truck.

More: Arrest in a fire accident that killed five people in St. Lucie County

Trower, whose city of residence was unknown, and the 17-year-old girl, whose name was not disclosed, were seriously injured, according to the FHP. One of the three southbound passengers was seriously injured, but the others were not injured, according to the FHP.

Schuck III said the group was returning to Port St. Lucie from West Palm Beach Airport, where they had taken Trower.

Schuck III explained that his son had left Ohio to settle in the area about nine years ago. He graduated from high school in Port St. Lucie High School in 2015. According to him, his son had been inspired by a science teacher and wanted to become one. He said his son liked to write and sing rap.

More: A car accident in Indian River County sends one to the hospital

Smith said that he had attended high school with Schuck IV.

"I remember we used to wear matching clothes at some point," Smith said. "He was just such an amazing person."

More: Two deaths in an accident on the Florida Highway in St. Lucie County

Smith, who lives in Fort Myers, has been remembering having met Schuck IV during his first year.

"Arthur was one of the first people I talked to about my sexuality, and we were best friends in high school," Smith said. "That's why it really hurts me right now, because the last time I saw it, it was for its anniversary last May."

Brandi Wheeler, 21, from the Stuart area, said she was a friend of Schuck IV. Wheeler said that she wanted to go out with Schuck IV at one point, and they talked a lot.

More: Adrian De La Paz Rodriguez, 18, third generation barber, dies in a motorcycle accident

"He was a very kind guy and he was too young for him to die," said Wheeler.

Kurtis Riley, 38, said he was Schuck IV's supervisor at Advanced Machine & Tool in Fort Pierce until Schuck IV left last year.

Riley said Schuck IV started in a maintenance position. A hard worker, he ended up taking a training course and was given responsibility for a water jet machine.

"He's 19, 20, trying to figure out what you want to do in life," said Riley, who described Schuck IV as a "good-hearted person."

Riley said Schuck IV liked working on cars. He said he would buy the most dilapidated vehicle he could find and fix it.

"Drive it for six months to the blast, then buy another," Riley said.

Smith said he had kept in touch with Schuck IV via Facebook and had come to celebrate his birthday.

"I remember the night because I felt like I was back in high school," Smith said.

He said that Schuck IV accepted others.

"He was a caring person," Smith said. "No matter who you were, what you did."

Want more news on the Treasure Coast? If you are already subscribed to TCPalm, thanks! If this is not the case, subscribe so that the Treasure Coast coverage is no longer on the front page.