Student dies after car accident over the summer

A St. John’s student died on August 22 from injuries sustained in a car accident in his home state of Pennsylvania.

University officials released a St. John’s Central notice on August 27 informing members of the St. John’s community of the student’s passing.

“St. John’s University and the College of Professional Studies mourn the loss of one of our own, Mikael S. Camacho,” said Kathleen Vouteacute; MacDonald, Dean of the College of Professional Studies. “We send our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt condolences to his family during this difficult time.”

According to the Pocono Record, Camacho, 21, from Marshalls Creek, PA, was driving a 2002 Chevy Cavalier on Route 209 in Smithfield Township at 3 a.m., when he lost control of the vehicle while heading into a curve. The car then hit a guardrail before veering off the road and flipping onto its roof into an embankment. No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

Camacho, a sport management major, was preparing to enter his senior year at St. John’s.

The article also reports that Camacho had hoped to intern with Sports Illustrated and intended to spend his last semester studying abroad in Europe.

A funeral service was held on August 25 in Marshalls Creek.

Danny Parra, a 2008 St. John’s graduate and Camacho’s former Resident Assistant in DaSilva Hall, said he would be missed.

“As one of my residents, I was able to watch Mikael develop,” he said. “Mike was not just a resident but a good man.

“It’s tragic that he will not be able to accomplish one of his goals in graduating this upcoming year.”

Condolences can be sent to: Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel Camacho and Family, in care of Mary Scholfield, Newman Hall – Room 229.