14-year-old also injured

Teen dies after being struck by truck

By Dwight Collins | Aug 03, 2014

Waldoboro — A 15-year-old boy from Rockport died Aug. 2 from head injuries received after being struck by a delivery truck in Waldoboro Aug. 1

Tyler Wood, 15, of Rockport and his friend Antonio Seccareccio, 14, of Waldoboro were on bicycles talking with some other people off to the side of Route 235 around 8:20 p.m. Friday night when they were hit by a truck headed south operated by 24-year-old Joey Benendix of Waldoboro.

According to published reports, the truck struck Wood and he was thrown from the bicycle and sustained massive head trauma. Wood's bicycle then struck Seccareccio, breaking his leg.

 

Wood was taken by LifeFlight of Maine to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, while Seccareccio was taken to Miles Memorial Hospital and then to Maine Medical Center in Portland.

As of 2 p.m. Aug. 2, Wood was being kept on life support systems until a team could arrive to harvest his organs, according to his family.

Surgery on Seccareccio's broken leg was planned and he is expected to make a full recovery, Wood's family member said.

A Go Fund Me page created by Seccareccio's sister says "[The boys] were best friends, spent many days together, and was like a member of the family. This is a very difficult time for him and many others around him. Antonio is going to recover but will need many sessions of physical therapy. It is also possible that he may need to go through surgery again in about a week."

According to Wood's mother, Seccareccio's injuries came in large part because he put himself in harm's way to try to save his friend.

On a page seeking donations to cover funeral costs for Wood, his mother wrote " Thank you to all that are supporting the family and graciously donating in the name of my baby boy. He was loved by all. May you fly with the rest of the angels my baby boy I love you with everything I am and have. Til we all get to see you again, watch over us especially all of your siblings who will miss you and follow in your footsteps of accomplishments and dreams of their own. Xoxo forever and a day my son love mommy"

Wood was going to be a sophomore at Camden Hills Regional High School this year and was a member of the varsity football and wrestling squads.

The incident is still under investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department.

Go Fund Me accounts for each of the boys' families can be found at gofundme.com/cirwvw and gofundme.com/ci5pm4.

Comments (5)
Posted by: Laurel E Taylor | Aug 08, 2014 10:51

Michelle-You too may want to check your spelling before posting. This is a reporter trying to do his job WHILE going thru this tragedy himself AND while helping not only the family EVERY step of the way, also be there for his son.

Thank you!



Posted by: Dwight Collins | Aug 04, 2014 09:14

I too was affected by Tyler's death and this was the hardest story I have ever had to write. He was not only one of my son's best friends and training partner, I was his wrestling coach while he was in middle school. I am sorry that the name I was given for the driver was incorrect and it has been fixed. As for the day of death...It all seems like one bad day Michelle



Posted by: Michelle Ames | Aug 03, 2014 17:39

Tyler Woods died saturday morning... NOT sunday.

Also, the driver was Joey Benedixs. NOT scott.

before publishing this, get your facts right! and spell check

 

thank you



Posted by: Nina Reed | Aug 03, 2014 11:40

The above post was written by Melanie Keene, sister of account holder

 



Posted by: Nina Reed | Aug 03, 2014 11:40

Beauty from Ashes.....from a horrible tragedy that took the life of their boy, these parent gave, unselfishly, so that others may live.  Organ donation is one of the most beautiful gifts you can give.  My mother is alive today because her mother donated a kidney to her over 30 years ago.



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