It’s been sadly confirmed that Richard Oates, owner of East River Skate Shop lost his life yesterday in an accident down on Delancey St. Cops found his body around 1:20PM at Delancey & Norfolk St., witnesses say he lost his balance while skitching and fell underneath the rear passenger side of a green Mack truck.
We met Richard back in July while working on his shop’s feature. He was extremely kind, generous and was pursuing his dream of owning his own skate shop. He’d put in hard work the past few months trying to make his shop on Greenpoint Ave. a success and was starting to get more involved in the skateboarding community.
We extend our deepest sympathies to Richards’s family and friends. R.I.P. Richard Oates