Alantte Jusino (right) with father Jamal Grannum (left) at Jusino's high school graduation in 2012. Jusino and Grannum were together at the time of the dirt bike crash that took Jusino's life.
A Plainfield man watched his 20-year-old son die after crashing his dirt bike Sunday afternoon, police said.
The victim, Alantte "Tay" D. Jusino of 300 Putnam Road in Wauregan, was riding his 1991 Suzuki RM 250R dirt bike on South Chestnut Street around 2 p.m. when he lost control and hit a parked car.
Jusino's father, Jamal Grannum, 39, was driving next to him in an ATV when the accident occurred, according to police.
Friends said Justino hoped to turn left and go home when he lost control of the bike. The bike was an early birthday gift from his uncle, according to Justino's cousin.
Both Jusino and Grannum were wearing helmets, police said, but neither vehicle was legal to be on the road.
Jusino was transported to the William W. Backus Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Emergency responders had initially called Life Star, but cancelled the request.
Police are still investigating. Anyone with information or who witnessed the accident should contact Plainfield police at 860-564-0804 or call the anonymous tip line at 860-564-0179.
Trevor Phillips, a friend of Justino, holds a basketball tournament in Plainfield each year and hopes the proceeds of this year's tournament can go to Tay's memory.