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Skate shop owner dies after holding on to truck while riding skate board

By Mason White 11:47 AM March 20, 2016
Rich Oates 

By: Chan Yuan
In a very tragic accident, a skateboard store owner died while skateboarding in New York.

Rich Oates, the owner of East River Skate Shop in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, was crushed to death by a tractor trailer that he had been holding onto while riding his skateboard.

Oates, 32, was holding onto the passenger side of the big truck about 1:15 p.m., on Delancey St. near Norfolk St.

The New York Police Department’s (NYPD) initial investigation determined that Oates fell off of his skateboard and was run over by the truck’s rear wheels.

Emergency personnel transported Oates to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

In a video about his business, Oates explained that he gave up his successful career as a chef at top Manhattan restaurants so that he can spend more time with his family.

He said that he opened the skateboard shop because of his passion for the sport. He left behind a wife and two young children.

So far, no charges were filed against the 37-year-old driver of the truck. The family has set up a GoFundMe page with the goal of collecting $3,000. However, the fund has already reached over $58,000.