PEABODY — Jackson Frechette is being remembered as a kid who "could always put a smile on your face."

The 13-year-old was struck and killed by a car on Nov. 19 while attempting to cross Route 114 on a bicycle, according to the Essex District Attorney's office.

Jackson was an eighth-grader at the Higgins Middle School, "where he was loved by all his teachers and fellow students," according to his obituary on the Conway Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home website.

"It's a very sad loss for the Peabody community, the school community, and please keep all families in your thoughts and prayers," Superintendent Cara Murtagh said.

School Committee members Beverley Griffin Dunne and Joseph Amico said they expected to hold a moment of silence in Jackson's memory at the committee meeting on Tuesday.

"Jackson was an amazing child who had the biggest heart," his online obituary read. "He was a sweet and happy person who loved everyone he met; he talked to everyone and made friends everywhere he went. He had a charismatic way that everyone loved."

"He could always put a smile on your face with his goofy dancing or forcing you to hug him after a long day," the obituary continued. "Jackson was thoughtful and caring; he would be the first one to ask how you were at the end of a day or run over to the neighbors to offer help if they were working outside."

Jackson enjoyed spending time at the YMCA, where he would work out or play basketball with friends. He had started taking boxing classes. He enjoyed being outside riding his bike or his skateboard.

The accident happened at 8:45 p.m. on Nov. 19 near the Walgreens Plaza at 229 Andover St., according to the Essex District Attorney's office. The teen was taken to Salem Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. His obituary says he died on Nov. 20, surrounded by his family.

The district attorney's office said at the time that the driver, a 19-year old Peabody man, was cooperating with the investigation.

Carrie Kimball, spokesperson for the Essex district attorney, said Monday night the investigation is ongoing and the driver has not been cited. 

Authorities had withheld the teen's name at the family's request. His obituary appeared on Monday night along with a message from his family on the Moving Peabody Forward Community Group on Facebook.

"It is with sadness that we are writing this," the post said. "As some know we lost our 13-year-old son Jackson in a sudden and tragic accident Tuesday night. He was an amazingly happy and loving boy, who would always try to make people smile, and whether you wanted a hug or not you were getting one.

"There are so many more things to say about him and I feel that a post wouldn’t be appropriate. Instead we would like to invite anyone whose life was touched by him and his infectious and beautiful smile to his wake and services and hear from those who knew him most."

Jackson was born in Lewiston, Maine, and was the son of Carisa Prescott of Manchester, New Hampshire, and Daniel Frechette and his wife, Tara, of Peabody, according to his obituary.

A funeral service will be held at the Calvary Christian Church, 47 Grove St., Lynnfield, on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 1 p.m. Visiting hours at the Conway Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody, will be on Friday, Nov. 29, from 3 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jackson's memory to the J. Henry Higgins Middle School, 85 Perkins St, Peabody, MA 01960.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at or on Twitter at @TannerSalemNews. 

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