To get in shape, Quinn Hoover used to run with truck tires attached to a cord around his waist.
The 17-year-old Clear Spring High School soccer player always trained hard, his mother, Sonja Hoover, said Monday.
But it wasn’t until a few days ago that she realized her son might have been training for a reason that he never knew.
“He was placed on this earth to save others this week,” Sonja Hoover said. “That’s his legacy. It was almost like he was preparing his body for this.”
Quinn was critically injured in a car accident early Sunday on U.S. 40 east of Clear Spring. He is to be taken off life support Tuesday at Meritus Medical Center after doctors harvest his organs, Sonja Hoover said.
Quinn earned an academic scholarship to attend McDaniel College this fall in Westminster, Md., his mother and father, Tom Hoover, said. He also planned to play soccer there.
They said their son wrote an essay submitted with his application about the spirituality and physiology of Bruce Lee.
“He wanted to be either a physical therapist or a chiropractor,” Sonja Hoover said. “He hadn’t made up his mind.”
At a young age, Quinn was involved in a variety of projects. He was just about finished with his Eagle Scout project, which involved making box houses for bats.
“It will be completed by his troop,” Tom Hoover said.
Sonja Hoover said her son came up with the idea after learning how vital bats are to the ecosystem. He also was a member of the Potamac Indian Dancers, a group that focuses on preserving Native American culture.
Quinn was an active member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Hagerstown.
“I called him my little soldier for Christ,” Sonja Hoover said. “He only lived for 17 years, but he did a lot in those 17 years.”
He traveled extensively through Europe and especially enjoyed Ireland, which he visited twice.
Sonja Hoover said her son’s accident happened when he was returning home from seeing his girlfriend. Shortly after he was taken to the hospital, about 60 people went there to be by his bedside on the fourth floor. The visitors were taken in a few at a time to pay their respects, Sonja Hoover said.
“The kids are really taking it hard,” she said.
Stan Steele, the pastor at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, said he drove to Meritus Medical Center after the accident and was pulled over for speeding in the Dual Highway area. Steele said he told the officer why he was headed to the hospital and Steele was spared a ticket.
Steele said he stayed at the hospital through the early-morning hours Sunday to be with Quinn’s family and others who came.
Steele said “teenagers just kept coming, coming and coming.”