The Quincy father who was killed with his 8-year-old son Saturday night had just two days earlier purchased the motorcycle he was driving when he crashed into a dump truck, according to Quincy police.
Thomas Coffey, 40, was known by his neighbors as a loving father and an avid bicycle-rider. On Sept. 5, according to Quincy Police Captain John Dougan, Coffey got a motorcycle permit; on Sept. 20, he bought a Ducati.
Just before 5 p.m. Saturday, Coffey was headed east down Riciutti Drive with his 8-year-old son on the back of his motorcycle when he slammed into the passenger-side door of a dump truck that was turning left from the opposite lane into a parking lot at 196 Ricciuti Drive, according to police at the scene.
He did not yet have his motorcycle license, and a permit does not allow a motorcycle driver to ride with a passenger, Dougan said.
Officers tried to help Coffey and his son, performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the little boy, before father and son were taken to area hospitals, where they were pronounced dead, Lieutenant Richard McCusker said Saturday night. It was a tough scene for officers, he added.
“It’s difficult,” McCusker said. “When you come upon a scene and you perform duties like that, it affects you.”
McCusker said Ricciuti Drive, which is near the Granite Links Golf Club, is a busy but well-maintained road and fatal accidents there are rare. The posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour.
Twisted pieces of metal and plastic were strewn across Ricciuti Drive late Saturday night, and the road was stained with oil and spots of blood. The motorcycle still lay where it was thrown by the impact, about 40 feet from the truck. One of the bike’s wheels lay at the road’s edge.
The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Norfolk district attorney’s office and the Quincy Police Department’s accident reconstruction team.
On Saturday night, people at a Butler Road address listed in public records as Coffey’s home declined to speak with a reporter. No one answered the door Sunday afternoon. Police said Coffey recently was living in an apartment on Ricciuti Drive.
A Butler Road neighbor said Coffey doted on his two young sons, who loved to ride bicycles with them outside their home. Bill Lyons said the two little boys were inseparable.
“They were together constantly,” he said.
The driver of the truck, whom police identified as Andre Brown, was not injured, and cooperated with police. He was interviewed and released on Saturday night and has not been charged. The dump truck, a 10-wheel Mack truck, was painted with a logo for M. Faherty of Milton. Calls to two numbers listed for the company went unanswered on Saturday and Sunday.Evan Allen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.