In April 2011, he was charged with felony DWI and misdemeanor leaving the scene of an accident after crashing his car on Route 9N in Jay. He was hospitalized for several days at CVPH Medical Center.
WORKED AT ORDA
Cheryl, Ouimette and Thwaits knew a man apart from all that, though.
“He made mistakes in his past, but this man served his time. He was going to work every single day,” Thwaits said.
Joey was a track maintenance worker and a passenger-ride pilot at the Olympic bobsled run in Lake Placid, Olympic Regional Development Authority spokesman Jon Lundin said Wednesday.
He had worked there since 2009, Lundin said.
“This is a tragedy, and our hearts and our prayers go out to his family and to the State Police who were involved,” Lundin said.
Joey was drug tested every day at work, Cheryl said.
“He was clean and sober going on a year. I think it was 13 months,” she said.
In addition to his immediate family, Joey also leaves behind his girlfriend, Amanda Murphy, and her son, Declan, who was called Joey’s “best little buddy” in his obituary.
‘GOING TO BE MISSED’
While police describe a violent altercation, Cheryl and Ouimette think what happened will remain a mystery.
“There’s all these questions,” Ouimette said.
“I don’t think anybody will ever know what happened,” Cheryl said.
“He’s really going to be missed,” Ouimette said, crying.
Donations in Joey’s memory can be made to the Elmore SPCA.
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