WORCESTER — The young man who died Wednesday morning in a fatal motorcycle accident on Salisbury Street was set to graduate from Quinsigamond Community College just a day after his death.
While police have not officially released the name of the 25-year-old Holden man who died from injuries sustained in the accident, his mother, Anne Tangney said her son Brian Tangney Jr. lost his life in the crash.
The accident occurred sometime around 2:30 a.m. not far from where Salisbury and Forest streets intersect.
“He was a really, really good kid,” Anne Tangney, fighting back tears in a brief telephone interview. “He was going to graduate from Quinsigamond tomorrow.”
Tangney put himself through college working as a motorcycle driving instructor for the Central Mass. Safety Council Inc. in West Boylston, his mother said.
Anne Tangney said her son also spent time in Haiti with a group that did relief work. He went there to give medical aid for people in that country. The young man was about to receive his degree in respiratory care, she said.
Tangney graduated from Doherty Memorial High School in 2008.
In a statement, Quinsigamond Community College said Tangney was scheduled to receive his associate degree in respiratory care Thursday.
The college’s dean of students, Liz Woods, issued a statement about Tangney.
“Brian Tangney and I had the opportunity to travel to Haiti with other members of his Respiratory Care class in January,” she said. “Throughout that trip Brian was professional, warm and loving, attending to the needs of the people of Haiti and doing whatever needed to be done to help the group function well. It was my joy to travel with and get to know Brian throughout those long hot days. His loss is particularly difficult in this commencement week.”
One of Tangney’s friends, Jamie Goodman, posted a couple messages on her Facebook page about his death. The dispatcher at the Oxford Police Department said he was too young to die.
“Wish this wasn’t real. My heart goes out to your family, Brian Tangney,” she wrote. “Your humor, laugh, and smile will certainly be missed by all!”
An off-duty Worcester police officer came upon the accident scene and called dispatchers, Worcester police said in a news release. The officer asked for an ambulance and other emergency responders to head to the area.
“Arriving officers along with the off-duty officer performed emergency medical treatment to the 25-year-old male victim prior to the arrival of Worcester EMS and members of the Worcester Fire Department,” police said.
Police said the victim died in the emergency room just before 3:10 a.m.
A preliminary investigation by the Worcester Police Crash Reconstruction Unit indicates the motorcycle hit a granite curbing about 170 feet before Forest Street.
“The motorcycle traveled a short distance before striking a sign post,” police said. “After striking the sign post the motorcycle hit an aluminum light pole.”