By Jeremy C. Fox, Globe Correspondent
Tim Chaloux was a senior at the Pingree School in South Hamilton, a talented infielder on the school’s varsity baseball team looking forward to graduation on June 9.
Early Saturday, Chaloux was killed when the 2011 Honda Civic he was driving veered off Route 128 and into a wooded area near Exit 23 in Danvers, according to State Police.
Chaloux, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities believe the North Reading resident’s car left the highway and rolled over between 1 and 1:30 a.m. Saturday, State Police spokesman David Procopio said in an e-mail.
But he wasn’t found until hours later, when another motorist noticed the car and called police, Procopio said. Chaloux’s family had reported him missing about 10 minutes earlier, he said, when they realized the teen hadn’t come home all night.
Procopio said Chaloux was wearing a seatbelt. The accident is under investigation.
Buddy Taft, dean of students at the Pingree School, said Chaloux was known by almost all of the small private school’s faculty and approximately 338 students, and he will be deeply missed.
“For me, he was one of those kids that I just … want to see every day, because every day he got better,” Taft said. “He grew every day, and it was just great to see him. It’s going to be a real challenge not seeing him.”
My school plays Pingree in many sports, and some of my classmates may have played against Tim in baseball. Really sad story. Shout out to all you seniors out there. Keep it safe. Graduation is just a few weeks away. R.I.P. Tim Chaloux.