Goshen man dies of injuries
By John Kline
THE GOSHEN NEWS
A Goshen man died of injuries suffered when his motorcycle collided with a car at 7:07 p.m. Saturday on Cassopolis Street near North Shore Drive, Elkhart.
Benjamin Michael Snook, 29, a conductor for Norfolk Southern Railroad, died at 10:10 p.m. at the Elkhart General Hospital emergency room.
According to Elkhart County police reports, Snook had been driving his 2008 Honda motorcycle north on Ind. 19 at a high rate of speed.
Police said the motorcycle went left of center on the curve on Ind. 19 south of North Shore Drive and collided with a southbound 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Melissa A. Heintzberger, 31, Osceola. Heintzberger suffered only minor injuries.
Police closed down Cassopolis Street for two hours while investigating the crash.
Kurtis Baumgartner, a cousin of Snook’s, spoke about the unexpected loss.
“We were pretty close,” Baumgartner said. “He was going to be a groomsman in my wedding. I’m getting married this summer. He was just a great person, and had a great outlook on life.”
Baumgartner said that Snook was always incredibly outgoing and full of energy.
“He was the life of the party,” he said.
Baumgartner also recalled Snook as being athletic and a lover of all things outdoors.
“He loved to kayak and camp, and he and a couple of his buddies owned a boat together, and they’d take that out to Lake Wawasee. I know he really enjoyed that,” Baumgartner said. “He also liked to do rock climbing. He was just very outdoorsy.”
Looking back on their friendship, Baumgartner said one of his fondest memories of Snook was his unfailing ability to brighten the mood of just about anyone he encountered.
“Any time I was home I tried to hang out with him, and if you were having a bad day, he’d make it all better,” Baumgartner said. “He was just a fun guy, and great to be around.”
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