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Police say speed may have been a factor in a crash that claimed the life of a woman and her child.
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WESTFIELD (WBZ) ― A mother and her 7-year-old son were killed when they were hit by a car while trick-or-treating in a Westfield neighborhood Friday night.

The crash happened in the area of South Maple Street and Dewey Avenue just after 8:30 p.m. (View map)

Police said the force of the impact knocked both victims out of their shoes, and the mother was dragged about 100 feet.

Both were taken to two area hospitals where they died, police officials said.

The driver of the car is a woman in her 20s. Police say they are investigating speed as a possible factor in the crash.

The town of Westfield is just west of Springfield.

http://wbztv.com/local/trick.or.treater.2.853921.html
 

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Halloween Tragedy Is Second For Family

Mother, Son Killed While Trick-Or-Treating

WESTFIELD, Mass. -- A makeshift memorial was placed on the road Sunday where a Westfield mother and son were killed as they were trick-or-treating on Halloween.

VIDEO: Mother, Son Killed While Trick-Or-Treating

Roberta A. Salois, 47, and her son, Steven X. Smith-Salois, 9, were hit by a 2005 Toyota on South Maple Street while attempting to cross the road, Westfield police said.
Both suffered severe head injuries. Salois was pronounced dead at Noble Hospital. Her son died at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

Police said the mother and son were wearing dark clothing on a street with dark sidewalks.

The boy was wearing a Batman costume.

Anne R. Schlichtig, 26, of Westfield, the operator of the car, was not injured in the crash, police said. "No charges have been filed," said Westfield Police Sgt. Paul Beebe, adding that investigators are conducting interviews with eyewitnesses.

Neighbor Marie Marx told the Boston Globe that her 11-year-old daughter was trick-or-treating with Salois's sister when they saw the accident scene. She said her daughter saw "candy all over the road and the little boy's shoes in the street."

It was the second time tragedy had struck the family on Halloween.

In 1994, Reign Salois Jr., Salois' nephew, then 16, was hit by a drunken driver while he walked with friends from a YMCA haunted house exhibit.

He suffered injuries while being dragged by the car some 100 feet down Court Street, less than one mile from the site of Friday night's accident. He became a quadriplegic as a result of the accident and died in 2005 at age 27.

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/17867880/detail.html
 
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