Saturday, December 23, 2006
Jeffrey Cardin walked into a pub Thursday night near the modest cottage where he lived alone and told a stranger he was suffering through the worst day of his life.
Cardin, 48, said he had recently buried his sister, recalled Suzanne Bourque, who sat beside him at the bar.
To compound his heartache, the twice-divorced father of three continued, he had just heard that his best friend had been diagnosed with cervical cancer.
"He kept saying that his children were the only thing that made him feel good," Bourque said yesterday.
When Cardin left the Anvil Pub for the short walk home, the day he described as the worst day of his life also became his last. About 200 yards from the pub, Cardin was struck and killed about 9:40 p.m. on Shears Street by an automobile that left the scene.
Yesterday, the family of a 17-year-old girl contacted Wrentham police to say that their daughter, after seeing news reports, recalled that she might have struck something in the vicinity of the accident, according to Detective Sergeant William McGrath.
"I think we're on the path to solving this thing," McGrath told the Globe in a story today.
-- Brian MacQuarrie and April Simpson