110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Pat Andrews
posted Jul 14, 2014 - 12:58:38pm
A 68-year-old Seville man, Michael Giles, died beneath a riding lawn mower that apparently fell on him as he tried to secure it, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
The accident happened at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at the intersection of Brownlee and Raulerson roads, the FHP reported.
A passerby found Giles beneath the lawn mower, the responding trooper reported. While there were no witnesses to the incident that killed Giles, FHP troopers believe that Giles may stopped his pickup truck in the outside southbound lane of Brownlee Road because the mower he was pulling in a trailer wasn't secured properly and may have shifted.
Giles got onto the riding mower to reposition it, then, "At some point, the lawn mower fell out of the trailer and on top of V1 driver [Giles]," the trooper theorized.
The pickup truck was in park and its engine was still running when Giles was found, the report states.
The incident, which is not classified as a crash, remains under investigation, the FHP report states.
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