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Loved ones of Cadence Boyer, 7, push for safety this Halloween in her name

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Bright orange reflective bags handed out to kids. Bright orange reflective bags handed out to kids.
VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A little girl killed by a suspected drunk driver last Halloween is being remembered Friday, by many wanting to remind drivers everywhere to be safe and sober this weekend.  

Cadence Boyer, 7, was trick-or-treating with her mom, a six-year-old friend and another woman last year, when a suspected impaired driver jumped the curb and hit the group on the sidewalk off NE 112th Ave.  

Cadence was the only one who did not survive.

Employees at Northwest Traffic control in Portland say they wanted to do something this year to protect trick-or-treaters.

“Kathy Boyer has been an employee of ours, and we learned about the tragic news of what had happened to her granddaughter,” said Northwest Traffic Control Safety Director Charlotte Drobny. “Kathy has impacted our lives by the strength she has shown and her courage.  We wanted to do something to help.”

Workers handed out bright orange reflective bags to kids all over town, hoping it makes them more visible to drivers this Halloween. On the back of the bag, is Cadence Boyer’s name.

“We thought it would be great to honor her, it’s about spreading the message across the community about safety,” said Drobny.

One of those orange bags, is now also in the home of Kenny Boyer, Cadence was his niece.

“It was really nice, they’ve been really really helpful,” said Kenny Boyer.

He is someone who is also pushing for safety this Halloween, in the name of the sweet little seven-year-old.

“Cadence was wearing glow sticks all over her, she was in a bright pink outfit you could see her from really far,” said Kenny Boyer.  “She was enjoying the night trick-or-treating and then someone decided to make a mistake.”

Boyer says he knows he can’t stop everyone from driving impaired. But, he hopes before they do, they think of Cadence, think of the consequences and think again. 

“I wouldn’t want anyone to go through what our family has gone through, especially looking at my brother’s eyes, his wife’s eyes, his eyes, they aren’t the same,” said Kenny Boyer.

The Vancouver Police Department says they will be dedicating additional officers focused on DUI enforcement this Halloween in an effort to make the roadways safer. 

Police stress that people plan ahead for the night’s festivities, and pick a sober driver. 

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