Greene boy killed by plow truck ‘wouldn’t stop until he went to bed’

Posted March 23, 2013, at 6:32 a.m.
Last modified March 23, 2013, at 7:34 p.m.

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Nathan Capponi
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Adam Capponi looks at photos of his nephew Nathan at the home of his brother Kevin, who is still in shock after accidentally running over his son Wednesday morning.
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Adam Capponi looks at photos of his nephew Nathan at the home of his brother Kevin, who is still in shock after accidentally running over his son Wednesday morning.
Nathan Capponi
Sun Journal
Nathan Capponi

GREENE, Maine — Nathan Capponi was a typical 6-year-old. That meant he was always in motion, according to his uncle, Adam Capponi.

“He was a character, full of energy,” Capponi said. “He wouldn’t stop until he went to bed at night. He loved riding his bike; it didn’t matter what the weather was.”

Nathan was killed Wednesday morning in the family’s Quaker Ridge Road driveway.

His father, Kevin Capponi, had just finished plowing his driveway and the driveway next door. As he backed up the truck, Nathan darted behind him on his bicycle. Kevin never saw his son; the boy had slipped out of the house to ride his bike on the smoothed driveway before heading off to day care for the morning.

It’s not anybody’s fault, said Kevin’s uncle, David Violette of Turner.

“It was an accident, but we need to remind people to not take anything for granted when kids are around,” Violette said. “You have to take a second look when the kids are around. We had [Nathan] out last Friday and he was here and there and out all over the place. He was in and out of the house, and he’d run out into the snow and back in. He was a very active little boy.”

The family has scheduled services for Nathan at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, at the Fortin Group, 217 Turner St., Auburn. Visitation is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. and from 6-8 p.m. Monday, at Fortin.

Adam Capponi said his nephew loved his bicycle; he loved soccer, and he loved fishing.

“He was looking forward to a lot of stuff,” Adam said. “He kept grabbing his fishing pole and asking his dad, ‘When can we go fishing?’ And his dad told him they could go as soon as the ice in the lake melted.”

Kevin Capponi said his son’s current obsession was a dirt bike. He was hoping his parents would let him get one this coming summer.

“He’d bring home the books from school, and every one of them had to do with dirt bikes,” Kevin said.

Nathan also was excited about collecting sap from the family’s tree to make their own maple syrup. The family was boiling that sap down Friday afternoon while they looked at pictures of Nathan; kneeling with a basketball at Greene Central School earlier this winter or posing with his fishing pole and a fish he caught earlier this summer.

“He was a pretty good fisherman,” Adam Capponi said.

 

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