Oldfield Middle School student Nicholas Woodworth just began eighth grade when a tragic accident ended his life this past Saturday, September 4.
According to reports, 13-year-old Nicholas, of Greenlawn, was heading east on a Honda dirt bike at approximately 11:30pm when he went through a traffic light at the intersection of Larkfield Road and Pulaski Road. An East Northport resident, heading north in a 2020 Chevrolet Equinox, struck Nicholas at the intersection; Nicholas was transported to Huntington Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
A growing memorial of balloons, flowers and photographs at the accident site pays tribute to the teenager affectionately known as “Blueberey.” A regular at Greenlawn Skate Park, where he often performed tricks on his scooter, Nicholas is being remembered for his upbeat personality and kindness to others.
“Nick was such a unique, kind and gentle soul,” reads a GoFundMe page organized in part by close friends Roman Rizzo and Bobby Burke. “He left an imprint on so many people’s lives, including ours... He was a loyal and loving friend who always created a positive vibe.”
The day after the accident, Harborfields Superintendent of Schools Rory J. Manning released a letter to the school community informing fellow students of Nick’s death.
“The passing of a student is painful and can be extremely challenging for children and teens to process. We understand that the coming days and weeks will be extremely hard for many members of our school community,” he wrote. Grief counselors will be made available to any student or staff member in need of assistance when school resumes on September 9, he added.
The GoFundMe page set up to help the Woodworth family with Nick’s funeral expenses can be found here.