This is heartbreaking. Update: Rich Oates Memorial Fund

Gothamist reports: Richard Oates, a 32-year-old skateboard shop owner from Greenpoint, died on Tuesday after he slipped from his skateboard while hanging onto the side of a truck as it headed along Delancey Street, police say.


Oates was riding his skateboard on Tuesday afternoon, gripping the passenger side of a green Mack truck as it drove west on Delancey, according to a preliminary NYPD investigation. Shortly after 1:15 p.m., Oates fell off of his skateboard and was run over by the truck’s rear passenger-side wheels. EMS responded to the corner of Norfolk Street and transported Oates to Bellevue Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A spokesman for the NYPD said that the driver stayed on the scene, and that no charges have been filed. An investigation is ongoing.

Oates opened East River Skate Shop in Greenpoint last summer with his wife Marrisa, a school teacher, according to an early Bedford & Bowery review of the shop. The couple has two children—a baby and a toddler.

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