The Cherokee County Coroner’s Office confirms that a Leesburg man is dead after being found underneath his lawnmower Saturday morning in a small creek on JT Mackey Drive near the Leesburg Fire Station.
Leesburg Police Investigator Jamie Chatman says that the victim was traveling on a John Deere Zero-Turn mower on JT Mackey when he somehow lost control and went down into a culvert with the mower landing on top of him. Chatman says that the accident is under investigation and at this time no foul play is suspected.
Cherokee County Coroner Dr. Jeremy Deaton has identified the individual as William “Bill” Joseph Sullivan, age 62, of Lokey Street in Leesburg. The cause of death has been determined to be blunt force trauma to the chest and the manner of death has been ruled an accident.
Leesburg Police Chief Brent Grimes says that a jogger noticed the lawnmower and immediately notified Cherokee County 911.
Dr. Deaton encourages everyone to exercise caution when operating equipment on or near roadways. Always consult with your owner’s manual on proper safety techniques for the particular equipment you are operating and if your lawnmower has a roll bar, use it, even if you aren’t on a hill.
Also if you are using equipment on a highway it is a good idea to have some sort of reflective vest or emblem on you and your equipment to help warn motorist you are on or near the highway.