By ROBERT BOSWORTH
The state Medical Examiner has not determined the exact manner of death of a Wollaston woman who died after she was run over by a male police identified as her husband in their Wollaston driveway three weeks ago.
A death certificate for the victim, Zhen Li, age 52, filed at the Quincy City Clerk’s office Friday, states the cause of death as “pending.” No other information regarding her death was stated on the certificate.
The case is now in the hands of Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey who will decide whether the death was an accident or if there is sufficient evidence to file criminal charges against the man who was behind the wheel of a minivan when it struck and killed Li Sept. 2 – five days before her 53rd birthday.
According to Li’s death certificate, she was born in Fuzhou, China and worked as a restaurant manager.
Her marital status was listed as divorced and her last spouse as Yan Long Chow.
She was buried Friday at Forest Hills Cemetery in Boston.
The investigation by the Quincy Police Department Accident Reconstruction Team was finished earlier this week. Investigators said the woman’s husband was backing up in a minivan when he struck his wife in their driveway around 2:30 p.m. Sept. 2. Li was pronounced dead at the scene and investigators worked the scene for more than three hours while her covered body remained in the driveway. The body was later removed and transported to the state Medical Examiner’s office.
The male driver was so distraught he was taken to a hospital following the incident.
The Quincy Police Department referred the case to the Norfolk County DA’s office on Wednesday.
Initially investigators believed the death was an accident. But Quincy Police Capt. John Dougan said some circumstances surrounding in the incident are still under investigation and he did not rule out charges against the driver.
Police have not ruled out the name of the driver who is 54 years old.
David Traub, a spokesman for Morrissey, said Li’s death remained under investigation as of Friday afternoon. There was no timetable for when the investigation would be completed.
The Quincy City Council Finance Committee will meet Thursday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sterling Middle School Auditorium to discuss approval of a $59 million appropriation for the new Sterling Middle School Project Scope and Budget Agreement.
Representatives from the Sterling Middle School Committee and the project architects will attend the meeting and answer Finance Committee members’ questions on the next step in the process of building a new Sterling Middle School.
Residents and parents are invited and encouraged to attend the meeting and hear about the project.
“There is no question we need a new Sterling Middle School,” said Ward 4 Councillor Brian Palmucci. “This is a unique opportunity for us to directly improve the quality of education that our neighborhood kids receive by giving them a building with 21st century technology.”
Ward 2 Councillor Brad Croall, chairman of the Finance Committee, said, “It’s rare for the council to meet outside of City Hall, but we believe this is an historic meeting that is better held in the neighborhood.”
Residents with questions about this or any other matter can call Croall at 617-376-1352 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and Palmucci at 617-376-1354 or email email@example.com.
Mayor Thomas Koch has appointed long-time Park Department Project Manager Paul Franz as the new head of the department.
Franz started working on major Quincy park projects as a contractor in 1995 and joined the city full-time as a project manager in 2000. He replaces Christopher Cassani as executive director of the Park, Forestry and Cemetery Department
“Paul has been instrumental in almost every park project over the last 23 years, and his passion for our city, his experience and his knowledge make him a great fit for a position that holds great importance for our residents and a special importance to me personally,” said Mayor Koch, who served as Park Director for 12 years prior to becoming Mayor and whose father, Richard, served in the post for many years.
“Our community has done some great things at our parks through the years and Paul has been a big part of it every step of the way. We’ve got plenty of work to do, and he’s the right person at the right time for this job,” Koch added.
Franz graduated from Gordon College in 1972 and went on to manage the Sports Turf Division for commercial landscaper J. Farmer & Company, where he specialized in the construction of parks and playgrounds. In 1992, he began working as a consultant for park and athletic field design construction, a job that in 1995 found him working on Quincy projects with the new park director, Tom Koch.
The department led a broad renaissance of the city’s park system, restoring, expanding and creating recreational spaces across the city.
Among the projects Franz managed were the full reconstruction of Adams Field and Mitchell/McCoy field, improvements to Pageant Field, the restoration of Upper Merrymount Park and new fountain installation; the reconstruction of the field at Veterans Memorial Stadium; the creation of new passive recreational space at Faxon Park; the construction of the track facility at Faxon Field; and the reconstruction of Cavanagh Field and Joseph W. Koch field at Atlantic Middle School.
Just this year, Franz oversaw the completion of the new park at Quincy High School, the reconstruction of Varsity Field and the overhaul of Fore River Field – which is ongoing today.
Franz lives in Hamilton with his wife, Lori. Their son Cody is a senior at Gordon College.
The position’s salary is $101,777, and a replacement for Franz’s current position has not been named.
Quincy has 52 municipal park locations, 10 municipal beach areas and numerous open space areas. There are currently 35 basketball courts, 23 tennis courts, 27 little league/softball fields, eight regulation baseball diamonds, five soccer / lacrosse fields, three football fields, a skateboard park and an in-line skate-facility.
Eleven of the city’s park locations are “passive” parks without recreational facilities. These parks can be used for walking, sitting or just plain relaxing. There are also two family picnic facilities offered by the city during the spring and summer months.
Norfolk County Sheriff Michael G. Bellotti announces the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office will host a five-week “Citizens Academy” beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 4th and concluding Tuesday, Nov. 1.
The academy will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office Public Safety Complex at 2015 Washington St. in Braintree.
“The goal of the academy is to expand the awareness of our citizens so that they better understand the role of the sheriff’s office and its impact on their community,” Bellotti said.
Staff from the sheriff’s office will discuss varying topics including but not limited to the following:
- · K9 units and the role of the dog in corrections and in the community
- · Special Operations-MetroLEC(SWAT),SRT(Special Response Team), Mobile Command Center, etc.
- · Interagency Collaborations
- · Correction Facility and Jail Operations
- · Officer training
- · Community Corrections
- · Youth and Senior services
- · Inmate classification and programs
- · Civil Process and the role of Deputy Sheriffs
A guided tour of the correctional facility will also be part of the program. The academy is open to citizens of Norfolk County who are 18 or older. Applicants will be subject to a background check. The academy will be limited to 25 attendees on a first come first serve basis.
Interested citizens should log onto the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office website (www.norfolksheriff.com) to print an academy application. Completed applications may be mailed to:
2015 Washington Street
PO Box 850267
Braintree, MA 02184
If you have questions about the Academy please call or email Joseph Canavan at 781-751-3516 or firstname.lastname@example.org