ROCKLAND — A Rockland company whose now former employee is accused of using a company vehicle while driving drunk and killing a 13-year-old girl can no longer bid on state contracts, MassDOT announced on Friday.
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 states.
"Based on recent media reports, MassDOT has serious concerns with the current management structure of Hi-Way Safety Systems, Inc. and its ability to make responsible decisions concerning the conduct of its managers and employees,” MassDOT stated in its letter.
Goodsell allegedly told police he was coming from a Christmas party at his boss’s home when the crash occurred. Another Hi-Way Systems employee was found dead at a hotel in Rockland the same morning after allegedly attending the same party.
Police allege Goodsell admitted he was drunk and had used cocaine when he drove through a red light and crashed into a Subaru on Route 139, killing Claire and seriously injuring 13-year-old Kendall Zemotel. Zisserson’s mother, who was driving the Subaru, was also injured.
An attorney for Hi-Way Safety Systems issued the following statement on Friday:
Goodsell’s father, Jay Goodsell, said his son “could never imagine hurting anyone" and said he feels bad for the victim’s family.
A wake 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 soccer.”
“In addition to soccer, Claire excelled at basketball, cross country, and was a rising tennis star. Singing with her friends, making videos, and playing the piano were just a few of the things she enjoyed most,” the obituary states. “The staff and students at Rising Tide School will miss her beautiful smile and sparkling eyes.”
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