28th of May

US: Byfield greenhouse, scene of a fatal accident, will reopen on Saturday

Byfield Greenhouse and Garden Center, closed since an accident killed Susan Sforza Nico while she worked inside her family’s farmstand at the center, is scheduled to reopen Saturday, according to the business’s Facebook page. Nico, 47, of Seabrook was fatally injured and two Newburyport residents, including an 8-year-old girl, were seriously injured when a 70-year-old Marblehead woman slammed into the farmstand with her Honda CRV utility vehicle while in reverse.

The driver, Janet Bach, remained at the crash site and cooperated with police. No charges have been filed against her as of Wednesday.
The 8-year-old girl was flown via medical helicopter to Boston Children’s Hospital. The other victim, a 57-year-old relative, was transported to Portsmouth Regional Hospital. Days after the crash, Newbury police Chief John Lucey said the conditions of both victims had stabilized.

Nico, according to her obituary, worked as a farm manager with her father, Charlie Sforza, at Byfield Greenhouse and Garden Center for more than 15 years.

In addition to her husband, Diego Nico, she leaves behind their children, Juliana and Vincent; her parents, and her siblings, Tammy, Charlie, Catherine, Steven, Laura, Julie, and many nieces and nephews.

Nico’s brother, Steve Sforza, said on Wednesday that he has hired police details to help maintain what is expected to be an extremely busy Saturday. Sforza family members will be busy assisting customers while volunteers and friends of the family will help with parking, he added.

When the greenhouses open Saturday, it will be many alterations related to checking out and parking. After shopping, patrons should take their plants to their cars. A farmworker will come to the car to write up a sale ticket and provide directions on paying. Honored methods of payment include check, cash, or credit card, with checks being the fastest and preferred method.

Neighbors have donated their land for extra parking on the field next to the farm and there will be volunteers helping people park. Greenhouse employees are asking patrons to post photos of what they bought on the Byfield Greenhouse Facebook page so employees can see the result of Nico’s “hard work.”

Read the complete article at www.newburyportnews


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