Chardon comes together to mourn recent grad killed in crash

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CHARDON, Ohio - Hundreds of people attended a vigil in Chardon Tuesday evening to honor a recent graduate killed in a car crash, and pray for one who was critically injured.

18-year-old Dominic Ricci was killed and 17-year-old Jackson Condon was listed in critical condition at University Hospitals in Cleveland.

"We know how to handle things. We can like handle it, but it's tough just to have all of this happen to good people," said Dan Ciolec, who graduated with them on May 27.

"It was just a really good time and to have something like this happen just a week or two after is tragic," Ciolec said.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says around 12:25 Tuesday afternoon, a commercial truck was traveling southbound on State Route 44 in Chardon Township.

They say a black Toyota Prius, driven by Condon was going west on Horsford Road.

"When the Prius failed to stop at the intersection is when the semi truck collided with it," said Sgt. Jeremy Kindler.

The impact killed Ricci, who was a passenger in the car.

Condon, who was driving, was flown to University Hospitals with life-threatening injuries.

Ciolec says Ricci was a good friend.

"He's athletic and he was hilarious. I mean, a hilarious kind of guy; we would always play basketball from time to time. He was a good friend and Jackson always, if you see Jackson, you have a good day. He's just one of those kids; he always puts a smile on your face," he said.

Condon also worked for several years at Square Bistro where his manager says he was like family.

"Just an incredibly energetic, hard-working young man, just a joy to work with; always having fun, but when it came down to doing the work, he was eager to learn," said manager Bryce Norton.

The accident happened weeks after a 16-year-old Chardon sophomore Zachary St. Jean was killed in a crash.

"To have all of these back to back is really shows you how precious life is and to appreciate everything," said Ciolec.

The truck driver was not injured.

The State Highway Patrol says everyone had on seat belts.

According to the patrol, alcohol or drugs do not appear to be factors. Cell phone use did not contribute, but the crash remains under investigation.

Grief counselors will be available at Chardon High School from 9 a.m. until 3 pm Wednesday.

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