29-year-old killed when carport collapses in Weymouth
Reported by Adam Harding
WEYMOUTH, Mass. (WHDH) -
Those close to 29-year old Jenna Flaherty said she was always making them laugh.
“There is no one in the world than I laughed more with in my lifetime than Jenna. We'd sit and watch TV on the couch and we'd just laugh and laugh and laugh when she'd stay with me,” said James Coull, a friend of the victim.
Flaherty died Thursday after the carport she was standing underneath at her home buckled from the weight of ice and snow.
“To me, I can't understand it. How freaky can that get? You just walk outside and the roof collapses on you?” said Coull.
Flaherty was on the phone with her grandfather when the carport crashed down.
"This town mourns for our residents. We always have. We bleed with them. And this is a terrible accident that really shouldn't have happened. And I feel really bad about it and so does the town,” Weymouth Mayor Susan Kay said.
The city is investigating the condition of the carport, but feels the weight of the heavy snow played a major role in its collapse.
"Take a look at their own properties, we only have so many inspectors, but we're out and about, and we'll be taking a good hard look at it. Because it's not going to stop snowing,” Kay said.
Weymouth's building inspector says there was about 4 to 6 inches of snow on the roof, but the rain weighed it down. Now, they'll be looking at the condition of the carport.
“A flat roof takes a freeze and thaw cycle and there is a gap between the house and the roof itself and we believe that gap may have frozen and thawed and caused it to pull out,” said Jeffrey Richards.
Flaherty's friend and neighbor said he can't believe he lost someone who he saw and talked to almost every day since she was a small girl.
“Her smile, the way we laughed. I'm telling you, if you could sit in a room with us and watch the two of us together just laugh and joke about the stupidest things. Her laugh was just contagious,” said Coull.