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.