Dozens of friends who came to see 16-year-old Megan Snyder on Thursday night couldn’t all fit in her Fresno hospital room, so they sang — for hours — in the lobby two floors down.
“It was a low soft music, just hovering, coming up,” recalled Beverly Meyer, grandmother of the Kingsburg girl. She said the melody reached Megan and her family on the floor of the intensive care unit and brought nurses to tears.
Shortly before 2 p.m. Friday afternoon, Megan died at Community Regional Medical Center from serious injuries sustained in a crash with a semi Thursday night east of Kingsburg while driving home from track practice.
The California Highway Patrol reported Megan’s Chrysler PT Cruiser collided with a semi loaded with 80,000 pounds of goods just before 6 p.m. along Avenue 400 (Highway 201) west of Road 24. Snyder was flown to Community Regional. The semi jackknifed, blocking Avenue 400 for several hours. No further information was provided by the CHP on Friday.
Megan’s older sister, Emily Snyder, 18, said authorities told the family it appeared Megan was starting to veer off the road as she traveled east along Avenue 400. She said Megan overcorrected, hitting the side of the semi traveling west.
Emily said her sister was a member of FFA and choir, was enrolled in honors classes and played volleyball and track. “She really loved the hurdles, that was her favorite.”
Randy Morris, superintendent of Kingsburg Joint Union High School District, called Megan a “very well-rounded human being.”
“No one is prepared for something like this and our hearts go out to the family and the entire community,” Morris said. “It’s a tragic situation for everybody.
A pink poster hanging on campus reads “Prayers 4 Megan” and was signed by dozens of students. Morris said school administrators and counselors were meeting with students Friday afternoon and will be available again on campus Monday. Emily said her sister “was just really full of life, and she really loved Jesus a lot.”
An afternoon post on social media announced there was a gathering Friday night at Kingsburg Covenant Church, where Megan and her family attend church, to celebrate Megan’s life and pray for her family. (An earlier version of this story referenced a GoFundMe account that sought donations for the Snyder family. Father John Snyder said Saturday the account was created without their authorization and by someone unknown to the family.)
Family members said around 200 people came to see Megan in the hospital. Her parents, John and Julie Snyder, tearfully shared their appreciation from a waiting room. Megan will remain in the hospital until Saturday, giving everyone in the family time to say their goodbyes.
“We’re just so thankful for all the friends that were here, showing their love and support,” Julie Snyder said.
John Snyder added, “It just kept us lifted up and just feeling like we were taken care of, too. I know Megan was.”