John Costello, a well-known teacher and coach at Broad Run High School in Virginia, died in a car accident in Hawaii on December 8, 2022. He was on vacation with his wife, Joanne, who survived the crash but suffered serious injuries. Here is what we know so far about the tragic incident and its aftermath.
According to SNBC13, John Costello was driving a rental car on the island of Maui when he lost control and crashed into a tree. The impact was so severe that he died at the scene. His wife, Joanne, was in the passenger seat and was rushed to a hospital with multiple fractures and internal bleeding. The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but authorities suspect that speed and alcohol may have been factors.
John Costello was a beloved teacher and coach at Broad Run High School for over 25 years. He taught physical education, health, and driver’s education, and coached football, basketball, and baseball. He was also the founder and organizer of the annual Special Needs Day, a event that brought together students with disabilities and their peers for a day of fun and friendship. He was known for his sense of humor, optimism, and dedication to his students and community. He is survived by his wife, Joanne, his two sons, John Jr. and Michael, his daughter, Kelly, and his grandson, Liam.
The news of John Costello’s death shocked and saddened the Broad Run High School community and beyond. Many students, staff, alumni, and friends took to social media to express their grief and condolences. A GoFundMe page was set up by Rachel Clements, a former student and friend of John Costello, to help his family with medical expenses, legal proceedings, and other needs. The page raised over $36,000 in less than a month, surpassing its original goal of $35,000. A memorial service was held at the school on December 19, 2022, where hundreds of people gathered to pay tribute to John Costello and share their memories of him.
John Costello left behind a legacy of love, laughter, and learning. He touched the lives of thousands of people with his kindness, generosity, and passion. He inspired many students to pursue their dreams and achieve their goals. He made a difference in the world with his actions and words. He will be remembered as a teacher, a coach, a mentor, a friend, and a hero. He will be missed by all who knew him.