Fayetteville native Brendan Englert passes away following car crash

Brendan Englert Memorial

A Fayetteville native has died after police say he jumped out of the car he was riding in at about 12:40am on Monday in Northern Virginia. The incident happened in Arlington County, Virginia on the 600 block of North George Mason Drive.

An Arlington County Police spokesperson told CNY Central that Brendan Englert jumped out of the vehicle, driven by his girlfriend Danielle Nichols, while it was moving, sustaining severe injuries. Englert passed away from his injuries on Thursday. Police say Nichols remained by Englert's side until emergency crews arrived.

Brendan Englert, a 2010 Fayetteville-Manlius graduate, attended Catholic University in Washington D.C. where he played on the lacrosse team.

The university said of Englert in a statement released today: â??It is our sad duty to mourn the loss of a young member of our University community,â?? said University President John Garvey. â??Please keep Brendan, his family, friends, and teammates in your prayers at this painful time. May they and we find comfort in our faith that promises eternal life and in the knowledge that Brendan has been entrusted to Godâ??s loving care.â??

The university will hold a memorial Mass in Englertâ??s honor on Friday at 6:00pm.

Danielle Nichols was charged with Driving Under the Influence, but police stressed that the charge is unrelated, and that they have no idea why Englert jumped out of the car.