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Lawnmower kills Scott County man

By: Gabriel Roxas Email
By: Gabriel Roxas Email

It's a task many of us have done hundreds of times: simply mowing the yard, but now a Scott County man is dead after an accident on a riding lawn mower.

The tragedy happened on South Dividing Ridge Road -- which is near Sadieville on the Scott-Harrison county line. The victim has been identified as Joe Todd Hall.

Scott County deputies pushed the riding mower that killed 70-year-old Joe Todd Hall back into the family's shed. Neighbors say many in the community mostly keep to themselves, but when something like this happens, hearts go out to the victim's family. "I'm really sad to hear of their losses," neighbor Mary Burkart said, "I wish I'd done more to get to know people. It makes you think about that too."

Mary Burkart says the surrounding terrain can be hard to handle, but it's still a shock that such an every day activity could turn deadly. "When I bought this place, I decided not to get a riding mower because it's so hilly here," Burkart said.

The Scott County Coroner says Hall was riding the mower when it flipped on an incline pinning him in the seat and to the ground. The coroner estimates Hall was trapped for about a half hour before his wife found him in their yard. He died of blunt force trauma to the chest. A painful reminder for anyone of the dangers present in common chores.

Hall's funeral is being handled by Tucker, Yocum, and Wilson in Georgetown.

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