Sheriff's Deputy dies in motorcycle crash on I-95
SHARON, Mass. (WHDH) -- A Norfolk County Sheriff’s Deputy riding a motorcycle died in an accident on I-95 in Sharon Tuesday morning, according to the Norfolk County Sheriff's Department.
Deputy Ryan Tvelia, an 11-year veteran, hit a Toyota Rav4, according to state police. The crash threw the deputy from his motorcycle; he was then hit from behind by a Ford Mustang.
Deputy Tvelia, 42, was in full uniform and headed to Milton to serve with an honor guard at a co-worker's mother's funeral.
Paramedics and passersby -- one a nurse -- tried to help the injured deputy. Paramedics worked on the Deputy at the scene for a short time, appearing to do chest compressions. He was then taken to a Norwood Hospital by ambulance, where he was pronounced dead.
Colleagues paid tribute to Deputy Tvelia as his body was escorted from the hospital to the medical examiner's office.
The two other drivers involved in the accident are believed to be okay.
State police officials worked to recreate the crash on Monday. Tow trucks removed the three vehicles involved. Officers said the crash is still under investigation.
Traffic was backed up for miles following the crash.
"He was just an incredibly solid, solid person who just did his job quietly, but with great distinction," said Sheriff Michael Bellotti, Norfolk County.
"He was a great guy, a guy you want to hang out with. A guy you want to go have a beer with, go golfing with, and be a partner with like I was on the road with him. Just great," said Officer John O'Brien.
Deputy Tvelia leaves behind a wife and three teenage children.
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