‘His life is changed forever’: Daughter of man critically injured in Roslindale crash speaks out

ROSLINDALE, Mass. — A Boston grandfather remains in critical condition four days after a car slammed into a triple-decker in Roslindale.

62-year-old Joseph Cobb was with his best friend, 60-year-old Egidio D’Antuony when a car swerved off of busy Washington Street.

The two were sitting on D’Antuony’s porch when the vehicle came toward them at full speed.

D’Antuony was pronounced dead shortly after the impact.

Cobb’s daughter told Boston 25 News that her father still doesn’t know that his best friend is gone.

“Out of all the pain, my dad was in, the one thing he wanted was to check on was his best friend,” recalled India Rubino. “I didn’t want to set him back because I didn’t think he was ready.”

Rubino said her dad’s condition has deteriorated at Beth Israel Hospital since he was admitted on Sunday night.

At first, he was conscious and talking.

That changed on Tuesday when Cobb was hooked up to a ventilator.

“He’s no longer opening his eyes. He’s not breathing on his own. He’s not talking anymore,” explained Rubino. “His life is changed forever.”

Rubino said her dad once worked as a chef at the now-closed Morse Fish in Boston’s South End for over 30 years.

She told Boston 25 News he was thinking about finding a new job after some time off but doubts he’ll be able to work again.

“He’s had one kidney removed. He’s had his spleen removed. He’s had parts of his colon removed. He has fractures to the spine, three broken ribs, and a concussion,” she said. “I know he’s a fighter. He’s going to pull through this.”

Rubino described dealing with immense hurt and anger following the accident.

She still doesn’t know why the driver lost control or why charges have not yet been filed.

As of Thursday night, a spokesperson for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office said there was no update in the case.

“Does that mean I can run over two people, kill someone, and not get arrested?” she questioned. “To my knowledge, no one is in custody which really frustrates me.”

A police report indicates that investigators do not believe alcohol or a handheld device played a role in the accident.

Rubino has set up a GoFundMe for those who would like to help with her dad’s recovery: https://www.gofundme.com/f/my-family-joseph-cobb

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