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Victim of bridge plunge mourned

N.H. man’s family wonders why car went over the edge

State Police said Charles M. Moncousky’s car flew off the Whittier Street Bridge in Newburyport and fell 100 feet to the Merrimack River and sank Monday night. State Police said Charles M. Moncousky’s car flew off the Whittier Street Bridge in Newburyport and fell 100 feet to the Merrimack River and sank Monday night. (Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff)
By John R. Ellement
Globe Staff / February 2, 2011

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Even though Charles M. Moncousky spent nearly 20 years living in New Hampshire, his heart always stayed in Waltham where he grew up, relatives said yesterday.

“Waltham will always be in him,’’ said Moncousky’s son Charles B. Moncousky. “Even though he was living in New Hampshire, he was still in Waltham. Everybody in Waltham knew him.’’

Charles M. Moncousky, 64, was identified by State Police as the person who was killed when his car flew off the Whittier Street Bridge on Interstate 95 in Newburyport Monday night.

State Police said Moncousky’s Toyota fell 100 feet to the Merrimack River and sank. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. The state medical examiner’s office is planning an autopsy. The son said the elder Moncousky was heading home to North Hampton at the time of the crash. He was driving a car owned by his employer, a heating and ventilation company, the son said.

The son and Charles M. Moncousky’s only sibling — his younger brother, John Moncousky — both said Charles M. Moncousky kept fit playing golf and walking on the beach, and had no chronic health issues.

“What you’ve got is the strangest accident I ever heard of,’’ said John Moncousky.

The younger Moncousky said he suspects his father was driving at high speed in icy conditions. He said he fears his father spun out and then sailed over the safety barriers on the bridge.

The younger Moncousky said his farther served with the Air Force in Vietnam where he was assigned to an intelligence unit.

Besides his son Charles, Charles M. Moncousky was the father of two other adult children — Serena Ordile and Erik Moncousky — and the grandparent of three.

“He was just a great, great family guy,’’ said the younger Moncousky, adding that he spoke with his father nearly every day before each started work. “He was always there when we needed him.’’

John Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com.