A small town in Maine is grieving a six-year-old boy who died on Wednesday after he was struck by a snowplow operated by his father.
Authorities said Kevin Capponi, 36, of Greene, was clearing his driveway after a snowstorm and didn’t see his son when he was backing up, the Portland Press Herald reported.
“Please forgive me and my family ... I love him with all my heart ... it is now broken,” Capponi wrote on his Facebook page.
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The boy was playing on his scooter in the driveway when he was struck at 6:45 a.m., Reuters reported. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
"I can't imagine what he's going through," Melissa Carmichael, a town resident, told the Portland Press Herald.
Alex Tardif, 10, who said he is a friend of the boy's sister, remembered Nathan as "being a pretty nice kid."
Kevin Capponi’s Facebook page has been flooded with people expressing their support to the family.
“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 wrote.
“This was an accident ... it was not your fault. we always blame ourselves, but it was an accident,” Jeannine St. Pierre posted.
The National Weather Service said that up to 15 inches of snow fell in parts of Maine on Tuesday.