October 19, 2009 – Robert Coffey, 46 years old from Attleboro, Massachusetts, died Sunday as a result of serious personal injuries sustained while he was a passenger in the car of a drunk driver who lost control of his Dodge Durango. Shawn Potrzuski, 32 also from Attleboro and Coffey’s step-son, was apparently driving under the influence of alcohol. Karen Coffey, 53 also from Attleboro and the mother of Potrzuski, was seriously injured during the crash.
Apparently, Potrzuski lost control of the Dodge while driving north on Route 28 at the Otis Rotary in Bourne early Sunday morning. The SUV then crossed over Connery Avenue and entered the woods eventually colliding with a tree. Mr. Coffey was sitting in the backseat and was not wearing a seatbelt. He was rushed to Falmouth Hospital, where he unfortunately passed away.
Mrs. Coffey, who was sitting in the front passenger seat and was wearing a seat belt, was also taken to Falmouth Hospital, where she was treated for serious injuries. Potrzuski was also wearing a seat belt and was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
According to the Massachusetts State Police, the three were returning home after attending a wedding. Potrzuski was arrested and charged with motor vehicle homicide, operating under the influence of alcohol and other violations.
The accident remains under investigation.
Source: The Sun Chronicle