A 6-year-old boy has been killed in Greene, Androscoggin County in Maine as his father was backing up a snowplow on their driveway.
The Portland Press Herald posts that Nathan Capponi was struck by a plow at approximately 6:45 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20, and died in hospital care at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston soon after.
K Pop Starz adds that the boy was on his scooter at the time, and his father did not see him while he maneuvered his vehicle.
“The boy was on a scooter playing in his driveway as his father was backing up the truck,” Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland describes.
Distraught father Kevin Capponi, 36, was operating a large plow truck on the 100-foot long driveway near the family home on Quaker Ridge Road. The vehicle most likely left a lot of blind spots, and Capponi had no idea about his son being behind him.
“Please forgive me and my family. I love him with all my heart. It is now broken,” he wrote on Facebook.
Neighbors and the entire community proved sympathetic, worrying about how the parents and other relatives were recovering after the incident and not casting blame on the father.
“There is no forgiveness needed Kevin. [...] Your family is caring and wonderful to be with. We feel joy whenever your family enters the room. You both look into the best for each other and the kids. Forgiveness is not what you should ask for at this time,” Christopher Miller comments.
“Kevin was a good kid in high school. I feel bad for him and his family,” former classmate Ryan Bachelder of Turner says.
“I guess I am in shock, but I feel really bad for the parents,” neighbor Nicole Beachesne adds.