Falling Tree Kills Husband, Wife in Car

They were driving in Massachusetts
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2016 2:04 PM CDT
A woman walks through a parking lot on Depot Street in Pittsfield, Mass., during heavy snowfall Monday.   (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)

(Newser) – The spring storm that brought wind and snow to New England also took a quick and devastating toll on one Massachusetts family: A husband and wife were killed when a tree fell on their car Sunday morning. Authorities say Franklin Teixeira, 49, and his wife, Manuela, 51, were driving in Abington when the tree came down on their BMW. “I heard the sound of the tree cracking and I just looked out and it was just terrible timing,” Brian Easton, who was out shoveling his driveway, tells CBS Boston. "The car came along and just perfectly the tree fell on the roof.”

The Teixeiras were natives of Portugal who owned a local Dunkin' Donuts store, reports the Boston Globe. One of their neighbors in Whitman tells the newspaper that they had a son in his 20s who lived with them. “They were the nicest people you could meet,” says another neighbor who had known them about 20 years. “They would do anything for you.” The tree that hit them was rotted, and winds were measured at about 47mph around the time of the accident. (A similar thing happened to a couple in Philadelphia, except the husband survived.)

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