An 18-year-old Marine, who graduated high school less than a year ago, was back near his Maryland hometown recruiting for the Corps when he died in a single-vehicle crash.

Pfc. Michael Anthony Carter Jr. died Feb. 7 when his Toyota Camry hit a guardrail and went into a ditch, according to Delmarva Now.

Neither weather, speed nor impairment appear to be factors, police told the outlet. An investigation is ongoing.

The Marine graduated from boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina, Oct. 13, 2017, according to an obituary posted to Facebook.

He had requested special permission to work as a recruiter’s assistant in the Salisbury, Maryland, office that recruited him while he waited for a spot in logistics training, according to the obituary.

“Michael Carter was an intelligent, fun-loving guy,” Vestina Davis, government teacher and student government adviser at Washington High School in Prince Anne, Maryland, told Delmarva Now. “As a leader and member of the Student Government, Michael took his love for people and showed others how to always have a hand ready to help and a smile to give.”

He was the youngest of six children, according to his obituary.

Andrea Scott is editor of Marine Corps Times.

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