Community mourns loss of Canandaigua teen killed in bicycle crash | News
The Canandaigua community is in mourning tonight after the death of a middle school student.
Fourteen-year-old Michael Roth was killed in a bicycle crash on Farmington Townline Road. He would have been in ninth grade in the fall.
It was extremely difficult for the school's principal and superintendent to talk about what happened but they did say Michael Roth was a great person and will be missed.
“Great friend, always positive and never looked at things bad.” Tye North had a hard time talking about his friend Michael Roth today. “We were close. We were in track together.”
Both Roth and North were on the eighth grade cross country team. It was something that Roth enjoyed and did well.
State Police say Roth was killed when he tried to cross the street on his bike at Stablegate Drive and Candandaigua-Farmington Townline Road Monday evening. He collided with a pickup truck.
“Everyone you talk to talks so highly about Michael. Obviously nothing but great things to say about him.” It was also a difficult day for Canandaigua Middle School Principal Brian Nolan. “The loss of a student is devastating, kind of hard to put into words how I’m feeling right now.”
Michael was 14 years old. He would have turned 15 in September. Nolan said, “I had a chance to call all of Michael’s teachers from eighth grade last night to talk to them about it and there would typically be a long pause, because of the shock that they felt.”
Nolan says Roth was quiet but a great student and a great person, one who worked hard in school. “Just a well rounded kid and a really nice kid.”
Counselors were on hand at Canandaigua Middle School for students and families.
Superintendent Don Raw said, “Our hearts go out to the family and to close friends of the family.” Raw also said plans for memorials will come with time.