A small town in Maine is grieving the loss of a 6-year-old boy who died Wednesday after he was struck by a snow plow operated by his father.
Authorities say Kevin Capponi, 36, of Greene, Maine, was clearing his driveway from the snow accumulated for a recent snowstorm and didn’t see his son when he was backing up, the Portland Press Herald reports.
“Please forgive me and my family....I love him with all my heart...it is now broken,” Capponi writes on his Facebook page.
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The boy, Nathan Capponi, was playing on his scooter in the driveway when he was struck at 6:45 a.m., Reuters reports. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to the news outlet.
"I can't imagine what he's going through," Melissa Carmichael, a town resident, told the Portland Press Herald.
Alex Tardif, 10, remembers Nathan as "being a pretty nice kid."
Kevin Capponi’s Facebook page has since been flooded with words of sympathy and remorse.
“My most heartfelt sympathies to you and your family Kevin. Always hold onto the memories and know that you all have a community of friends and relatives that are here to surround you,” Krista Knowlton Bean writes.
“This was an accident.. it was not your fault. we always blame ourselves, but it was an accident,” Jeannine St. Pierre posted.
Up to 15 inches of snow fell in parts of Maine during Tuesday’s snowstorm, Reuters reports.
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