Family remembers man 1 year after quarry death
WAKEFIELD, R.I. (WJAR) —
Jack Daniels III would have turned 29 on May 5, 2016. On the eve of his birthday, his mother, Sherry, and stepfather, Shawn McColl, can only remember him after he died last year following a fall into a quarry in Westerly.
"The most important thing I'd like to see happen is something done to prevent this from ever happening to a mother, father, a stepfather," McColl told NBC 10 News from his home in Wakefield.
Jack's family has only been given mixed accounts of what happened. They said it was around 3 in the morning. Jack and his friends were riding dirt bikes near the quarry. At some point, Jack went to walk home after riding. He didn't know the quarry was there, and fell 100 feet to his death.
"If it just had reflectors, it would have stopped," Sherry said.
The quarry was operated by The Copar Company at the time at the time of the incident, which took place May 24, 2015. It is private property. Jack and his friends were trespassing, but they certainly aren't the only ones that go there. Jack's parents would like to see the quarry fenced off, or marked in some way.
"I think at any expense, any quarry should be doing this to prevent someone to die," McColl said.
Now, as Jack's birthday is upon us, and Mother's Day looms, pictures, and a small Jack Daniels bottle filled with her only son's remains, are all that Sherry has left as she continues to try to get answers.
"I'm getting absolutely no cooperation from the Westerly Police Department, in fact they haven't spoken one word to me," she said.
No arrests have been made because of this incident.