COTUIT, Mass. - Two people have died and one person is in critical condition following a crash in Cotuit early Saturday morning.
Barnstable Police responded to reports of a head-on collision along Route 28 in Cotuit, near the Mashpee town line at around 12:10 a.m.
Preliminary investigation showed a Toyota sedan traveling east collided head-on with a GMC SUV traveling west.
The driver of the Toyota, a 22-year-old Fall River man and his passenger, a 24-year-old New Bedford woman were both ejected from the car, which was split into two in the crash and then caught on fire.
Authorities said the driver was pronounced dead on the scene and the passenger was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital and later transferred to a Boston Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Officials said the driver of the SUV, a 32-year-old man, had been pinned inside his car and had to be extricated with the jaws of life. He was transported to South Shore Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Friends and family have identified the 32-year-old driver as Kevin Quinn of Mashpee. A family spokesperson says both he and Quinn are former Marines and that he's known Quinn for about five to six years.
A friend of Quinn said his wife had just had a baby days before the crash, and Quinn was on his way home from Cape Cod Hospital after visiting his wife and new daughter when the collision happened.
"Very excited about the new baby, and starting a new adventure in their life," Rob Dinan, Quinn's friend, said. "All of a sudden, a car comes out of nowhere. Nobody's prepared for that."
Dinan said he served in the Marines with Quinn, and said he can't fathom that his friend survived two tours of duty in Afghanistan, only to have this happen.
"Today was supposed to be one of the happiest days of their life, and unfortunately it turned into a sad day for all of us," Dinan said.
Sunday was supposed to be the day Quinn brought his wife and new daughter, named Logan Audrey Quinn, home.
"Beautiful, baby girl, and got to love her for the time he had with her," Dinan said.
A GoFundMe has been set up for the Quinn family.
Route 28 in Cotuit was shut down for several hours while the Barnstable Police Accident Reconstruction Team worked the scene.
Multiple agencies from neighboring towns assisted in responding to the crash.
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