Teen dies after being struck by truck
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.
Dwight Collins is a reporter/photographer for The Camden Herald.
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