18-year-old dies in crash on Marblehead Bridge

A boy died after being involved in a car accident on the bridge in Marblehead early Friday morning, officials said.

James Gallant, 18, a student at Marblehead High School, died of his injuries Friday afternoon, according to statements from police and school officials.

The Marblehead Police Department said in a Facebook statement that police and firefighters were called to the bridge around 3 a.m. due to a reported accident and found a vehicle on the port side of the road with extensive damage.

Police said Galant, who was alone in the car, was taken by ambulance to a local hospital with serious injuries.

The bridge, also known as Ocean Avenue, leads to Marblehead Neck, an exclusive waterfront neighborhood. Gallant was a member of the Marblehead High School football team that won the Third Division title last fall.

Jubilant Marblehead head coach Jim Rudloff hugged de James Gallant at the end of the game after their victory in the Division 3 Super Bowl on December 2, 2021 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. John Tlumaki / Globe Staff

Police Chief Dennis King offered his condolences to the Gallant family in the statement.

“This will certainly have a significant impact on our parochial community, and we are working closely with the Marblehead School District to ensure they have support in the coming days and weeks,” King said.

Marblehead Public Schools Principal John Buck said in a statement it was a “tragic day” and also offered his “deepest condolences” to Gallant’s family and friends.

“We were notified today that a senior at Marblehead High School was involved early this morning in a serious car accident,” Buckeye said. “After the school’s dismissal, the Marblehead Police Department shared the devastating news that the student, James Gallant, did not survive the accident.”

“Our deepest condolences go to James’ family and friends, and to the entire MPS community,” Buckey said. “I have no doubt that our Marblehead community will come together to support the Gallant family through their unimaginable grief.”

He also said that counselors will be available at high school this evening until 7:30 as well as tomorrow and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The incident is under investigation by Marblehead Police and the State Police’s Reconstruction Team. Anyone with information is asked to contact Marblehead Police Sergeant Sean Brady at 781-631-1212.


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