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Mass. couple killed in Labor Day motorcycle-truck crash in Conway

By JOHN KOZIOL
Union Leader Correspondent

September 05. 2018 11:13AM
A pickup truck collided with a motorcycle on Monday, killing a couple from New Bedford, Mass., police said. (COURTESY)



David and Cathy Oliveira of New Bedford, Mass., died Monday in Conway when their motorcycle was hit by a pickup truck. (COURTESY/FACEBOOK PHOTO)

CONWAY – A husband and wife from New Bedford, Mass., were killed Monday when their motorcycle was hit by a pickup truck, police said.

Lt. Chris Mattei confirmed Wednesday that David and Cathy Oliveira, both 57, died when their Harley Davidson was hit by a westbound Silverado pickup driven by Jackson Eugene Hammond, 84, of Palm Bay, Fla.

The Oliveiras were trying to turn from East Conway Road onto Eastman Road about 11:50 a.m. when the crash occurred, Mattei said. Hammond was uninjured.

Mattei said neither speed nor alcohol were factors in the crash.

Cathy Oliveira was a teacher in New Bedford for more than 15 years, while her husband was a manager at a home-improvement store, according to New Bedford-area news reports.

Kelly Anne Braga Silva, a niece of the Oliveiras, started a fundraising campaign at https://www.gofundme.com/oliveira-family.

“This past weekend our Family was struck with Devastating, Tragic News of the passing of two Amazing and Loving People. They were killed in a motorcycle accident while on a weekend getaway. These two Amazing people have in some way or other touched or changed lives of Many,” wrote Braga Silva. “It is with a extremely heavy heart that I ask all of you to come together and help their 3 living children, Ashley Oliveira, Brittany Oliveira and Justin Oliveira, with expenses that were unexpected. I am lost for words when I think about them both walking into the gates of heaven together.”

As of Wednesday morning, the campaign had raised $9,315 of its goal of $10,000.

Police ask anyone who witnessed the accident to call them at 356-5715.


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