A couple from Whitman succumbed to their injuries after a rotten tree fell on their car in a freak accident in Abington on Sunday morning during stormy weather.
Franklin Teixeira, 49, who was driving, and his wife Manuela, 52, were identified as the victims by Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz.
Their adult son Frank Teixeira works in the Whitman-Hanson school district technology department.
“At Whitman-Hanson, we are deeply saddened by the untimely loss of Frank Teixeira’s parents. We are keeping Frank, a valued member of our Technology Department, in our thoughts and prayers.” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ruth Gilbert-Whitner.
“The tree, which was rotten and hollow, was completely uprooted and appears to have fallen as a result of the morning’s high winds and snow. The tree fell through power lines and disrupted service at 255 Rockland Street for a time,” Plymouth County DA Timothy Cruz said in a press release.
The incident was investigated by Abington Police, State Police Detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s Office and State Police Crime Scene Services and Bureau of Criminal Investigations.