Two recent Chardon High School graduates killed in crash on State Route 44

Posted at 4:55 PM, Jun 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-07 16:47:08-04

The second Chardon High School graduate involved in a crash on State Route 44 Tuesday afternoon has died.

The crash happened around 12:55 p.m. in Chardon Township. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, 17-year-old Jackson Condon was driving a Toyota Prius west on Hosford Road when he failed to stop at the intersection of State Route 44. 

The car was struck by a 2004 White Sterling commercial truck driven by a 46-year-old Erie, Penn. man. 

Condon was taken by Life Flight to MetroHealth Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. He was pronounced dead Wednesday afternoon. 

His passenger, 18-year-old Dominic Ricci, was transported to TriPoint Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. 

The truck driver was not injured. 

Everyone involved in the crash was wearing a seatbelt. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be factors. Cell phone use also does not appear to be a factor, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. 

Chardon Local Schools confirmed both teens recently graduated from Chardon High school.

At a vigil Monday night in Chardon Square, hundreds of loved ones lit candles and shared stories of the pair.

Fellow Chardon High School graduate Dan Ciolek organized it. Ciolek said he hadn't yet come to terms with what happened, but vowed not to take life for granted.

“I recently texted a few friends telling them how much I appreciate them and my mom and my dad because you don’t know how much time is left," Ciolek said, "And this really makes you appreciate what you have."