Timothy Stanton
Timothy Stanton

Nine people received a new lease on life thanks to Timothy Stanton.

The Shrewsbury man died after a car crash in Maryland on Friday and the "silver lining of the tragic event" is that part of him will live on, said Stephen Stanton, Timothy Stanton's father.

"Even in death he was able to give a lot," the elder Stanton said. "Whoever got his heart, he (or she) is a better person than you and I."

Timothy Page Stanton, a veteran of the Iraq war and a 2007 graduate of Susquehannock High School, was 22.

The crash: Stanton, of Culpepper Road, died at 8:34 p.m. Friday at University of Maryland Hospital, according to Louise Rogers-Feher, spokeswoman for Baltimore County Police.

He was fatally injured that morning in a 7:33 a.m. crash on Old York Road, near Sampson Road, she said.

Stanton was on his way to work at Iton Industries in Hampstead, Md., at the time of the crash, Stephen Stanton said.

Stanton was driving a Hyundai Sonata westbound on Old York Road at a high rate of speed when he crossed the center line and struck the driver's side of an eastbound Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, Rogers-Feher said.

The truck was driven by Kurt E. Rupprecht, 44, of North Church Street in Manheim Township, she said, who suffered injuries and was taken to York Hospital. Rupprecht was treated and released Friday, a York Hospital spokeswoman said.

Rogers-Feher said Stanton was at fault in the crash and that Rupprecht is facing no citations.

Volunteered: Timothy Stanton was serving with the Army Reserve as a military policeman specialist first class, based in Owings Mills, Md., with the 443rd MP Company, according to his obituary.

He served in Iraq as a military policeman. Serving in Iraq was something he volunteered to do.

Stephen Stanton said that when his son learned friends he made during boot camp and who were serving in another company were about to be sent to Iraq, the younger Stanton volunteered to join them.

Timothy Stanton had hoped to return to a combat theater - this time Afghanistan, his father said.

Serving his country was something Timothy Stanton wanted to do ever since he was 12 years old.

Only a boy at the time, he saw the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as one of two reasons he joined the Army Reserves.

"And when (NFL player) Pat Tillman gave up his millions (of dollars) ... to join the Special Forces," Stephen Stanton said. "(Joining the military) was Timothy's path from that very day."

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