WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - A seven year old boy was hit and killed Monday by a dump truck in Westfield. It happened in an area neighbors say is often crowded with children and plagued by speeding drivers.
Crime tape surrounds a popular hang out in Westfield for children and teens. "There are a lot of kids here all the time, riding bikes, going to the park," said Cinthya Padro of Westfield.
Westfield Police Captain Michael McCabe told 22News just after 3:30 Monday afternoon, a seven year old boy was hit and killed by a dump truck.
Witnesses told 22News the little boy was riding his bike with his mother.
"He kept honking at the little boy but he kept trying to pedal to cross faster but unfortunately he got hit by the truck," said Cinthya.
Cinthya Padro and her father live right next door; Tony Padro says he saw the accident and rushed out to help.
Tony told 22News, "I always see that, it's not the first time I've seen trucks go by at that speed."
Westfield Police are releasing few details about the accident including what caused it, including whether speed was a factor.
However, those who live in this neighborhood hope this tragedy serves as a reminder for all drivers to be careful.
According to Cinthya, "No one follows the speed limit which is sad because this is not the first time we've seen trucks going up and down, barreling up and down."
The Westfield Police Department Traffic Bureau, Massachusetts State Police Reconstruction Team, and the Hampden County District Attorney's Office are investigating the accident.
Police are not releasing the young victim's name.