David M. Farrell adored his family, loved making people laugh, and had a heart of gold, his sister-in-law said Sunday.
“He had the biggest heart. He was the guy who would give you the shirt off his back,” said Lynne Pina, 49, of Taunton, speaking on behalf of the family Sunday night.
Farrell, 53, a married father of two who worked as a truck driver, was killed late Saturday night in a motorcycle crash, less than a half-mile from his home, at the intersection of North and Oak streets.
Police said Farrell had been traveling south on North Street when he lost control of his Harley Davidson motorcycle and hit a cement water trough at the intersection of North and Oak streets about 11 p.m. Saturday. Farrell, a Taunton native, was on his way home when the accident occurred, his sister-in-law said.
“He was a loving husband, devoted father, caring son and beloved brother,” Pina said. “His sense of humor was hard to match. He loved for people to laugh with him and he would do anything for a laugh or a smile.”
It was the third fatal crash involving a resident of Middleboro, a town of about 23,000 residents, in just over five weeks. And two people died and two more were critically injured in a wrong-way crash on Route 105 in Middleboro on July 4, 2012.
Brian Donnelly happened to be at the scenes of two of those crashes – on Saturday and also on July 4.
Donnelly, who lives at the intersection of North and Oak streets, said he heard a loud scraping sound late Saturday night, then looked outside the window of his home.
He rushed outside while his wife, Melissa, called 911. He saw Farrell laying on his back on the ground. Donnelly said he felt a pulse. Farrell appeared to have a broken ankle but no other visible injuries, Donnelly said.
“I held his neck until the EMTs got here,” Donnelly said, adding that he and his wife watched anxiously as emergency crews administered CPR to Farrell in an ambulance.
Farrell was later pronounced dead at Morton Hospital in Taunton, police Sgt. Deborah A. Batista said. Officer Robert B. Rullo Jr. is investigating the crash.
On July 4, Donnelly rushed to help the victims of yet another horrific crash. That day, a Plympton man, Patrick Adams, 27, was driving in the wrong lane on Route 105 and caused an accident that killed him and Christopher Backman, 47, and left a mother, Linda Millett, 20, and her 5-year-old son, Evan, in critical condition.
Donnelly recalled helping Evan until emergency crews arrived.
“I wasn’t letting him go until the last possible minute,” he said of the young boy.
Saturday’s fatal crash capped an already horrific week after the Boston Marathon bombings, Donnelly said.
“It’s been a very emotional week,” Donnelly said. “We were at the Children’s Museum in Boston on Monday (when the bombings occurred). It’s a lot all at once.”
The town is still mourning the loss of two Middleboro residents in recent crashes involving alleged drunk drivers.
On March 30, college freshman Monica DeMello, 18, was killed in a head-on crash on Route 44 in Lakeville. Prosecutors said the driver of the other car, Kathleen Allen, 23, also of Middleboro, was drunk and on heroin.
On March 9, James Braga, a former Middleboro High School teacher and coach, was killed in a two-car crash at the intersection of Everett Street and Route 44 in Middleboro. Prosecutors said Zachary J. Lemmo, 20, also of Middleboro, was allegedly drunk when he ran a red light and killed Braga.