A lot of people have messaged and commented about the blog published yesterday by Bristol, about the nudnik with a long and documented history of being a menace, who killed a 13 year old girl while driving drunk in Pembroke. Her take was that it’s too early to blame the company Greg Goodsell worked for (Hi-Way Safety Systems) because even though he was at a company party hours before that it was ultimately him who made the decision to drive drunk.
I kind of agree with this but I kind of don’t too. I don’t think company’s should be held accountable if their employees get drunk and kill someone, especially when the company party ended hours before that. But at the same time, why the hell would any owner ever let an employee come to a company event in a company truck and consume ANY alcohol?
Plus, this guy’s got a long and documented history of being a drunken shithead and a menace on the road.
Oh, and then there’s the fact that this company gets millions of dollars a year from the state for contracts, despite a pretty checkered past.
Hi-Way Safety Systems Inc. is a vendor and contractor with state contracts. So far in fiscal year 2020, the company has been paid $2.42 million. Since 2009, the company has been paid more than $30.9 million by the state, records show.
Department of Transportation records show Hi-Way Safety Systems Inc. has 118 registered drivers and 94 registered vehicles. In the past two years, their vehicles have been involved in two crashes but no citations were issued. Over the same period, records show the company has been subject to 29 inspections by police or DOT that resulted in 42 violations. Two of those violations involved drivers who were on duty and found to be in possession of a drug, records show.
So yea, I blame the driver and the RMV, but I also partly blame the company. The fact that anyone is allowed to drink beer and get in a company vehicle is unacceptable.
Oh, and then there’s the fact that another guy who was at the party died that night as well.
The death of a man found unresponsive Sunday morning at a hotel in Rockland, Massachusetts, is under investigation, according to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s office. Emergency responders arrived to a Comfort Inn hotel just before 8 a.m. where authorities said an unresponsive man was found. After life-saving measures were performed, the man was taken to South Shore Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The man has been identified as 41-year-old Joseph Amaral, of Rockland, according to the district attorney’s office.
A source confirmed to NBC10 Boston that Amaral was at the same holiday party as Gregory Goodsell, a Marshfield man police say was driving under the influence in a crash that claimed the life of 13-year-old Claire Zisseron in Pembroke. That crash also severely injured another teenager, who is fighting for her life. Zisseron’s mother, who was driving, was also hospitalized after the crash, but has since been released. Amaral’s exact cause and manner of death will be determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Could it be completely unrelated to the party? Sure. But I’d say it warrants an investigation, which is happening. I don’t know anything about Joe Amaral or the cause of his death, and a bunch of people have reached out to us with conflicting stories. Being as we are a responsible media outlet, I won’t speculate. However, someone who apparently knew Joe posted that the two of them never had a beef, but insinuates that they were in a fight together.
He also says his back is broken.
And the post has been taken down. So take from that what you will. Seems kind of relevant to the investigation though. We’ll keep you posted with any updates.
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