Community gathers to remember recent Chardon High grad killed in crash

Community gathers to remember recent Chardon High grad killed in crash
Source: WOIO
Source: WOIO
Source: WOIO
Source: WOIO

GEAUGA COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - Dozens gathered Tuesday night to remember a recent Chardon High graduate that was killed Tuesday in a Geauga County crash.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Chardon Post is investigating the State Route 44 crash.

Authorities say a 2004 White Sterling commercial truck, operated by Sean Gates, 46, of Erie, Pa., was traveling south on SR 44 around noon.

A 2010 Black Toyota Prius, operated by Jackson Condon, 17, of Chardon, was traveling west on Hosford and failed to stop at the intersection of SR 44.

The Prius was struck in the passenger side.

Condon was taken by Life Flight to Cleveland Metro Hospital with life-threatening injuries. His passenger, Dominic Ricci, 18, of Middlefield was ground transported to Tri Point hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival.

Gates was not injured.

Seat belts were in use by all occupants. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be factors in the crash. Cellphone usage does not appear to be a contributing circumstance, either.

The crash remains under investigation.

Condon and Ricci both graduated from Chardon High earlier this year.

Below is a statement from the superintendent:

Dear Parents and Staff,
This afternoon we were deeply saddened to learn of a tragic accident that occurred on Route 44 in Chardon Township involving two recent Chardon High School graduates.
We continue to gather details as they become available from local and state authorities.  
Providing support for our school family is an important priority in our District.  To assist students and staff in coping with this tragic event, counselors and school personnel will be available to provide support for students and staff at Chardon High School this evening, June 6, beginning at 4 PM. Counselors and school personnel will also be available tomorrow, June 7, from 9 AM until 3 PM at Chardon High School.
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families during this difficult time.


Michael P. Hanlon, Jr., Ph.D

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