Chardon High School student passes away after car accident

HUNTING VALLEY--A Chardon High School student has passed away after a single-car accident earlier this week, according to the Hunting Valley Police Chief.

Zachary St. Jean, 16, died from his injuries after he was hit by fence debris from Thursday's crash, according to Chief Michael Cannon. The crash happened just before 2:00 pm.

Photo: Allison Brown, Fox 8

Cannon tells Fox 8 St. Jean was driving on Fairmount Boulevard between SOM Center Road and went left of center. Then the car went back into the roadway, hit a ditch, then went into a tree.

St. Jean was taken to Hillcrest Hosptial.

"He played with my children and it's just hard to think he's not with us anymore," said David Caldro, who lives next door to the St. Jean family.

"It's hard for me to think of him in the past tense."

According to a Facebook post from a Chardon Board of Education member, counselors will be on hand for students at the school on Tuesday, May 30th from 10:00am to 12:00pm.

Chardon Schools also tweeted about Thursday's tragedy involving the high school sophomore: