A memorial fund has been established in memory of Thomas Labetti, the West Islip teen who lost his life in September after he was hit by an SUV while riding his bike.
The fund, called "Town 4 Tommy Memorial Fund," will be used to recognize a West Islip student, as well as help out local charities and promote bicycle safety awareness in Labetti's honor.
According to fund organizers, biking was a favorite hobby of Labetti's, along with basketball, paintball and hanging out with friends.
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The 15-year-old suffered severe head trauma and spinal injuries after he was struck by an SUV while riding his bike on Udall Road on September 11. He died of his injuries two weeks later. The driver of the vehicle has not been charged in the incident.
The tragedy has prompted those in the West Islip community to rally for safer roads for cyclists and pedestrians.
Donations can be sent to:
Town 4 Tommy Labetti Memorial Fund
402 Higbie Lane
West Islip NY 11795