Community grieving the loss of Greece teen in bulldozer accident
Greece, N.Y. - Monroe County Sheriff's deputies say Gino Valle, 19, of Greece is the teen who died while operating a bulldozer on Brightly Farm Thursday morning.
His sister tells 13WHAM, "He was a very bright, cheerful, goofy kid with a big heart."
Valle's family shared a picture of the teen holding up a fish, saying it suits Gino perfectly.
A 2016 graduate of Hilton High School, Principal Brian Bartalo said, "Gino was a very friendly student who was deeply cared about by members of our school community. He loved the outdoors and being with his close friends, especially enjoying sports and activities like fishing. Gino will be missed.”
Stephanie Meadows considered Valle a close friend.
"He's like the most down-to-earth man I've ever known, he's so sweet. He's helped me out with so many of my problems in the past couple years that I've known him," said Meadows. "He was supposed to come to my graduation and graduation party. I had a seat reserved, and it's still going to be reserved. Even though he's not with me physically, he's with me all over in my heart, everywhere."
The Sheriff's investigation is ongoing. They believe the incident was an accident, but are hampered by the fact Valle was alone when the bulldozer ran over him.
The bulldozer would eventually cross Redman Road and strike several gas lines before coming to stop, according to deputies.