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Teen dies in one-car crash in Moreau

Teen dies in one-car crash in Moreau

Zachery Brown, 16, is the second South High student to die tragically in August.
Teen dies in one-car crash in Moreau
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MOREAU — A16-year-old Moreau boy was killed in a one-car crash Thursday morning, the second South Glens Falls Senior High School student to die tragically in August.

Zachery Brown was pronounced dead at the scene of the 5:30 a.m. crash near the intersection of Bluebird and Sisson roads, state police said. 

A 14-year-old who was also in the vehicle at the time of the crash was taken to Albany Medical Center for treatment of what troopers said were non-life-threatening injuries. His name was not released.
Police said their investigation revealed that a 2007 Chevrolet operated by an 18-year-old man was westbound on Bluebird Road when it went off the left shoulder, striking several trees. The driver was taken to Glens Falls Hospital where he was treated and released.

The driver's name was not released Thursday afternoon, due to the ongoing investigation.

No charges had been filed as of Thursday evening, but police said the investigation was continuing.

Brown was a student in the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES program, "and will be remembered as a polite, very likeable young man who had a wonderful sense of humor," South Glens Falls School District Superintendent Dr. Michael Patton said.

The district will be offering counseling services for all students from 9:30 11:30 a.m. Friday in the high school library.

Patton noted that Brown's death was the second tragedy to hit the school district in recent weeks. Ryan Vieira, 16, a rising sophomore, died Aug. 15 following a collision between his bicycle and a motorcyclist on Route 32 in Moreau. 

The motorcyclist, James Mercurio, 63, of Hudson Falls, was also killed.

"These two tragedies together have caused stress and anxiety among our students and community members," Patton said in a prepared statement posted on the school district's website.

A service celebrating Vieira's life was scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday evening at the South Glens Falls fire station on Route 197.

"As always, I encourage parents and guardians to talk with their children whenever something distressing happens," Patton said. "Discussing thoughts and feelings about this situation is important in helping your child work through his or her grief."

The school has grief counseling resources available on the district's website at sgfcsd.org.

State police accident reconstruction investigators kept Bluebird Road closed for several hours Thursday morning. They were assisted at the scene by the South Glens Falls Fire Department and Moreau Emergency Medical Services.

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