Family members described Brian Symanietz as a fun loving, laid back person who was easy to get along with.
Symanietz, 20, Roscoe, was driving a 1989 Chevy S-10 pickup when he collided with a 1996 Blue Bird Rocori school bus on Highway 23. The accident occurred at 7:08 a.m. in the area of Greenwood Circle and the Gold'n Plump Processing Plant on the east side of Cold Spring, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
No children were aboard the school bus when the accident occurred.
According to the state patrol, Paul Thomas Betz, 22, Sartell, driver of the school bus, swerved to miss the pickup which had crossed over the center line.
Symanietz was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital where he died that evening.
The driver of the bus was not injured.
He was employed at Granite City Innovative Builders as a carpenter.
Symanietz had lived in Roscoe a year with his parents, Ken and Mary Symanietz. He attended Technical High School in St. Cloud. From the fourth through eighth grade, he sang with the St. John's Boys Choir and took a trip to Japan with the choir.
Funeral services were held Monday at St. Agnes Catholic Church for Symanietz.
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