Coroner: Woman was apparently alive when she was run over by tractor in Benton County
BENTON COUNTY, Wash. — The Benton County Coroner says he believes a woman in her 50s was alive when she was run over by an industrial lawn mower on Monday.
A man called 911 after he apparently ran over the woman by accident while mowing ryegrass with a tractor and brush hog in the area of Clodfelter Road and Locust Grove Road south of Kennewick around 9 a.m.
Her identity has likely been confirmed based on tattoos shown to her family, but officials are waiting for fingerprint results before they release her name.
Deputies found her body in a field next to a gravel road, where the victim had been known to take walks. She was a longtime resident of the area.
“We don’t know whether he was walking or sitting or maybe even sleeping,” Coroner John Hansens said.
Initially, the tractor driver told deputies he believed the woman was already dead when she was run over, according to a news release from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.