TowZone Posted March 20, 2018 Share Posted March 20, 2018 The tow truck driver killed while responding to a crash on Interstate 495 will be laid to rest this week. Daniel Coady was a lifelong employee of his family's company, Coady's Garage and Towing. His favorite childhood memories were being in the cab of a truck with his father, Dan Sr., family wrote in his obituary. "He loved being a tow truck driver as much as he loved being a father. He was a member of the Massachusetts Truckers Association," the obituary states. "When he wasn't working he was googling trucks, volunteering his time fishing abandoned cars out of the river for the Merrimack Valley Clean River Project, or could be found just hanging around the garage talking about towing." The 41-year-old was a lifelong resident of North Andover. He is survived by his wife Crysi Coady, his sons Paddy and Evan; his sister, Nicole; brother-in-laws Jason Torrey and David Lemay; and stepmother Deborah Coady. He was hit while responding to a crash in the southbound lanes of Interstate 495 in Andover Wednesday night. In that initial crash, two vehicles collided and no one was injured, Massachusetts State Police said. Coady was struck by a Pontiac while loading one of the vehicles onto his flatbed. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared deceased. The driver of the vehicle that hit him, Shiina Dionne, was taken to Tufts Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries and another tow truck driver at the scene was treated for minor injuries. Dionne, a 28-year-old from Lawrence, was arraigned from her hospital bed Friday afternoon. She is charged with operating under the influence, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence, speeding, failure to wear a seatbelt and obstructing a stationary emergency vehicle. She was ordered held on $2,500 cash bail. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, March 20, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Conte Funeral Home, 17 Third Street, North Andover. Relative and friends are kindly invited to attend his service at 10:30 a.m on Wednesday, March 21. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame, 3315 Broad St. Chattanooga, Tennessee. RESOURCE LINK Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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