NASA engineer dies after car wreck

Alex Stuber

Alex Stuber

PALMDALE – Coworkers, friends and loved ones gathered at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center Monday morning to remember a young aerospace engineer who passed away after a car wreck last week.

Alexander Stuber, 25, was taken off life support and pronounced dead around 4:20 p.m. Friday (June 14), less than 24 hours after the single-vehicle crash.

The collision was reported around 6:40 p.m. Thursday on 60th Street West, near Avenue D, in Lancaster, according to Lancaster Community Relations Deputy Michael Rust.

Stuber was driving a 1999 Pontiac Trans Am southbound on 60th Street West when he passed a slower moving vehicle and then lost control of his vehicle, Rust said.

“For reasons unknown, he lost control of the vehicle, went off the roadway and rolled the car over several times,” Rust said. “He was transported to the hospital in grave condition.”

A passenger in Stuber’s vehicle sustained moderate injuries and was also transported to the hospital for treatment, Rust said.

The passenger, fellow NASA engineer Matt Moholt, was treated and released from the hospital, and he is currently recovering at home, according to coworkers.

Moholt and Stuber both worked in the same branch at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center.

Stuber began as an intern through the NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program and was a recent graduate of North Carolina State University.

At the memorial service on Monday, mourners were encouraged to wear the North Carolina State University colors of red and white in honor of Stuber’s memory.

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  9 comments for “NASA engineer dies after car wreck

  1. Matt
    June 20, 2013 at 8:47 am

    I played baseball with Alex 8 or 9 years ago. His dad was the coach. I haven’t seen him since, but he was always a fun-loving enthusiastic guy. I was sad to hear about this.

  2. Cecilia
    June 19, 2013 at 7:23 am

    I have known the Stuber family all my life. I was raised on the same street as Alex’s grandfather and father. They have been a integral part of my life and this has left the entire family in a state of shock.
    We extend our sincere sympathy for Alex’s friends loss and know they are sadden by the sudden death of such a great young man.
    As fellow Wolfpack (NCSU) Alum (4 generations), I am so proud that he continued to “Back the Pack” in his life in California. The last time we saw him was celebrating at a Bowl game with the family.
    Such a young, brilliant mind to be taken so soon.
    Forever in Our Hearts….

  3. Bonnie
    June 19, 2013 at 6:34 am

    My brother was in a fatal accident the day after Alex. Both him and my brother donated their organs. I had the opportunity to meet his family, and they are all truly amazing people. Alex is leaving this world a hero. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  4. TS
    June 18, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    What a shame,,, Dryden must have a curse,for over the last 25 plus years an employee has died in some type accident. just look at the statistics.

    • Bad news
      July 15, 2013 at 9:33 am

      Kurt donald guenther
      worked for dryden
      died in 2013 two months before.

  5. heyney
    June 18, 2013 at 9:51 am

    This is a terrible tragedy I am sorry to hear of this accident.

    However I do find it amazing that there are not 20 negative comments about assumptions of reckless driving, unpaved roads, seatbelts, and countless other assumptions that are posted on other stories.

    • dixie
      June 18, 2013 at 11:59 am

      I was just thinking the exact same thing. I’m relieved people have restrained from spewing their toxic thoughts. Don’t know if it is because of the recent warning to mind your comments or if it was because this guy seemed to be a respectable young man.

  6. NASA flight fan
    June 17, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    I met Alex when he worked on the SOFIA program.
    He was energetic and very intelligent. He had a great sense of humor, and loved sports as well as the NASA programs he worked on. He was eager to learn more, and applied his energy to solving the tasks that were assigned to him, with a smile.
    We all expected him to be one of those engineers that carried NASA into the future. Such a tragedy. Such a waste of one of America’s brilliant young men.
    My condolences to his family. His NASA family misses him already.

    • Yo Mama
      June 17, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      That was really nice, Flight Fan. Sorry for your loss. Damn shame…

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