He was planning to pick up his wife and newborn daughter the next day, then tragedy struck.
Kevin Quinn, a 32-year-old Marine veteran who had served two combat tours in Afghanistan, was on his way home from the hospital after meeting his newborn daughter, Logan Audrey Quinn, born July 25 at 2:19 a.m., when he collided with another driver, The Boston Globe reported.
Quinn was cruising down Route 28 in Cotuit, Massachusetts, when he was struck head-on by 22-year-old Mickey Rivera, who died at the scene. Rivera’s 2000 Toyota sedan hit Quinn’s 2012 GMC SUV at such an escalated speed, the impact ripped the Toyota in two.
The accident pinned Quinn inside his vehicle. First responders freed the father using the Jaws of Life, but he later died at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth.
Rivera’s passenger, 24-year-old Jocelyn Goyette, was taken to a Boston hospital, and as of Sunday, remained in critical condition.
According to WPRI-TV, police were pursuing Rivera moments before the deadly collision, though it is not immediately clear why they were chasing him. Police in Mashpee and Barnstable are investigating what may have led to the accident.
In a statement to the Globe, Mashpee police Chief Scott W. Carline said:
We are in the early stages of what is going to be a comprehensive and thorough investigation into the Mashpee Police Department’s involvement of the facts and circumstances leading up to this terrible tragedy.
Quinn’s sister, Danielle, posted a Facebook message thanking the community for their support during this difficult time, noting her brother’s “girls were his EVERYTHING!”
“Please in his memory help us take care of his girls as he was a local business owner and this is an extremely difficult situation,” she wrote. “He should be here and was so excited to bring his baby home. I LOVE YOU KEVIN and I will Miss you everyday of my life.”
Since leaving the military, the new father had owned and operated Quinn’s Excavation & Septic, Inc., his Mashpee-based company.
A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help raise money for the young family in the wake of Quinn’s tragic and untimely death. The goal is $200,000, and so far, people have donated more than $130,000.