Hi-Way Safety Systems can no longer bid on state contracts – Boston 25 News
ROCKLAND – A Rockland company whose former employee is accused of using a company vehicle while driving while intoxicated and killing a 13-year-old girl can no longer bid for state contracts , MassDOT announced on Friday.
Hi-Way Security Systems, a construction company, came under scrutiny after a fatal accident in Pembroke involving one of his employees, Gregory Goodsell from Marshfield, killed 13-year-old Claire Zisserson and seriously injured two others.
In a Jan. 2 letter to Kathy DeLong, president of Hi-Way Safety Systems Inc., MassDOT said it has revoked the company’s prequalification certification “until further notice.”
As a result, the company “will not be able to bid on new work or work as a subcontractor” on state contracts, the letter said.
“Based on recent media reports, MassDOT has serious concerns about the current management structure of Hi-Way Safety Systems, Inc. and its ability to make responsible decisions regarding the conduct of its managers and employees,” said MassDOT stated in his letter.
Goodsell reportedly told police he was returning from a Christmas party at his boss’s house when the accident happened. Another Hi-Way Systems employee was found dead in a hotel in Rockland the same morning after allegedly attending the same party.
Police allege Goodsell admitted he was drunk and used cocaine when he crossed a red light and crashed into a Subaru on Route 139, killing Claire and seriously injuring Kendall Zemotel, 13 years. Zisserson’s mother, who drove the Subaru, was also injured.
A Hi-Way Safety Systems lawyer issued the following statement on Friday:
An employee of Hi-Way Safety Systems, Inc. was involved in a fatal car crash in Pembroke on the morning of December 29. An innocent young girl was killed, another seriously injured, and an adult woman was also seriously injured. The shock and sadness experienced by the families of these victims is unimaginable. It is impossible to adequately express the pain felt for their tragic loss. The employee involved in the motor vehicle accident violated several company policies, including the repeated unauthorized use of a company vehicle for personal purposes outside of working hours on the evening of the 28th. December and possession of alcohol in the vehicle. Early on December 29, the employee was told by colleagues to hand over the keys to the company vehicle. He avoided this request and again without permission drove the vehicle. As a result of these violations and the resulting accident, his employment was terminated. It was a terrible tragedy and a nightmare for everyone involved. The Company will cooperate fully with all authorities and agencies investigating the accident. This process is ongoing and ongoing, and during this time we will not be releasing any further public statements. Hi-Way Safety Systems employs over 160 people and has extensive work and safety experience spanning over 40 years in Massachusetts, New England and New York. . We join the community in mourning the loss of such a young life and in offering our deepest thoughts and support to fellow victims as they recover. “
Goodsell’s father Jay Goodsell said his son “could never imagine hurting anyone” and said he felt bad for the victim’s family.
A vigil for Claire Zisserson was held on Friday.
According to her obituary, Claire was “an excellent student with a bright future” and “a gifted athlete with a passion for football”.
“In addition to soccer, Claire excelled at basketball, cross country and was a rising star in tennis. Singing with her friends, making videos and playing the piano were just some of the things she loved the most, ”the obituary reads. “The staff and students of Rising Tide School will miss his lovely smile and sparkling eyes. “
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