SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — A Burrillville man died last week after he was severely injured by the cement truck he was working on, according to the Smithfield Police Department.
Police said the incident occurred last Thursday at Greenville Ready Mix on Cedar Swamp Road, where employee Matthew Maynard was severely injured by a cement truck hopper.
Maynard, 33, appeared to have been working on the truck when he got caught in the hopper.
Police said Maynard died from his injuries.
Maynard’s family is heartbroken by his sudden death.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do without him,” Alice Maynard, Matthew’s mother said. “He was my everything, he was my rock, my soul, my world.”
While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is actively investigating the incident, Matthew’s father Jim Maynard believes they aren’t getting the full story.
“I just want answers,” Jim said, adding that his son was always overly cautious when it came to his job. “I want the truth about what happened to my son.”
Matthew’s family described him as a “jack of all trades” and someone who was always there when you needed him.
“He was the kind of person where, if you called him … he would drop everything and he would come to you,” Matthew’s fiancée Fallon Dupre said. “That’s why my family loves him so much, and all of his friends love him so much. That’s what we are going to miss most about him.”
Ashley Maynard, the mother of Matthew’s child, tells 12 News he was supposed to pick up his son up after work Monday.
“He was supposed to see his child,” Ashely said. “My son had his bags packed to go see his father, and he didn’t get to see his father again.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help ease the family’s financial burden and support his son.
12 News reached out to Greenville Ready Mix for comment but has yet to hear back.