Hero cop's son dies
Barrie's Jeffrey Plunkett, 26, died in a motorcycle collision in Springwater Township Friday night. PHOTO: FACEBOOK
A Barrie man’s death has left the community grieving for his family’s loss.
Jeffrey Plunkett, 26, died when his motorcycle collided with another vehicle on Highway 26 near Anne Street North on Friday at 5:20 p.m.
Plunkett was known for his prowess on the basketball court with the Eastview Secondary School Wildcats, as well as with the elite Barrie Royals basketball team, said family friend Zach MacPherson.
“He was just the nicest human being,” MacPherson said on Sunday. “He was a well-respected kid. It’s been a hard couple of days for everyone.”
Plunkett was pronounced dead Friday night.
Provincial police traffic reconstructionists closed the highway Friday night as they attempted to determine the cause of the collision.
The investigation into Jeffrey Plunkett's death is continuing, said Huronia West OPP Staff Sgt. Tracy Bednarczyk.
"Every investigation is different, but this is a significant investigation considering there's a fatality, so it could take longer," Bednarczyk said Monday afternoon.
Funeral arrangements for Plunkett haven't been announced.
It’s not the first time the Plunkett family has had to deal with the sudden and tragic loss of a loved one.
Jeffrey Plunkett’s mother, Sonja, and siblings, Matt and Amanda, also lost their husband and father, York Regional Police Det.-Const. Rob Plunkett, who died a decade ago.
Rob Plunkett, a 43-year-old Midhurst resident, was killed in the line of duty on Aug. 2, 2007, while attempting to arrest 19-year-old Nadeem Jiwa and a friend who had stolen a Honda Accord.
The young men were in the process of ripping out its airbags when Plunkett, who was working undercover, and a police surveillance team moved in to arrest them on a Markham street.
Jiwa scrambled into the stolen car, gunned it into reverse and kept driving even after the 43-year-old detective, caught in the crease of the driver’s-side door, was crushed against a tree.
Plunkett, a 22-year police veteran, died from the extensive injuries sustained in the incident.
In 2011, Jiwa was found guilty of manslaughter and given a 12-year sentence.
Rob Plunkett was buried at Midhurst Cemetery, not far from the family's home.
York Regional Police continues to host its annual Torch Run for Special Olympics in the late officer's honour.