Alex Gregory Lynam was once a drum major in the marching band at Dunedin Highland Middle School.
That's how his parents Ken and Nancy Lynam remember him: stoic, beaming in his Tartan marching band uniform in front of a "Welcome to Dunedin" sign one sunny day in 1999.
"I'm very proud of it, and of the memories of my handsome, talented son," Ken Lynam said in an email the same day the driver in the head-on crash that caused his son's death would face traffic charges in Pinellas County Court.
Alex Lynam was heading south driving a 2008 ZLMI Scooter on Bayshore Boulevard late on June 1.
Shirley A. Gil was driving north in her 2008 Mercury Grand Marquis.
Gil, 73, began to turn left at Baywood Drive North. Lynam crashed head-on into her.
The helmet he wore was not enough to save his life. Lynam died about an hour later from injuries sustained in the crash.
He was 26.
Gil was acquitted of charges that she failed to yield while making a left turn on Nov. 15.
"Not only did he lead the band, he competed and won in drum major competitions, not only in Florida Highland Games, but in Scotland, as well," Alex's father wrote.
It was "perhaps the happiest time in his life."