MARBLEHEAD, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A community is mourning after an 18-year-old was killed in a car crash early Friday morning in Marblehead.
Marblehead Police identified the victim of the crash as James Galante, who was a senior football player at Marblehead High School and a part of the team that won the Division 3 Super Bowl title in the Fall of 2021, according to the Boston Globe.
Police responded to the crash at around 3 a.m. at the causeway along Ocean Avenue. At the scene, officers found a vehicle has gone off the road and sustained extensive damage and located the driver, later identified as Galante, inside the car. Galante was transported to a local hospital and was later pronounced dead later Friday afternoon.
In a statement, Marblehead Police Chief Dennis King offered his condolences to the family and loved ones of Galante, as well as the community at large.
"This will surely have a great impact on our tightknit community and we are working closely with the Marblehead School District to ensure they will be supported in the coming days and weeks," King said in a statement.
Marblehead Public Schools Superintendent John Buckey said in a statement they will be offering grief counselors at Marblehead High School Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for anyone in need of counseling.
"We extend our deepest condolences to James’ family and friends and to our entire MPS community," Buckey said in a statement. "I have no doubt that our Marblehead community will come together to support the Galante family through their unimaginable grief."
Marblehead Police and Massachusetts State Police are working together on an investigation into what may have caused the crash. Chief King asked anyone with information about the incident to contact the police at 781-631-1212 and ask for Sgt. Brady or Detective Gay.