The identity of a woman killed when she was run over by a rotary mower after she apparently became disoriented and fell in high weeds has been identified.
Mary Thomas, 74, suffered from dementia, according to the Preble County Sheriffâ€™s Office. She was struck by a bush hog mower driven by her husband, who was unable to see her, according to the sheriffâ€™s office.
â€śThe weeds were to the point heâ€™d never know she was there until she was struck,â€ť Preble County Sheriff Michael Simpson said. â€śIt is our understanding she was on the ground, not able to be seen.â€ť
Emergency crews were dispatched to the 1800 block of Swisher Mill Road at 6:26 a.m. Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene and removed to the Montgomery County Coronerâ€™s Office, where an autopsy is scheduled to be performed today.
â€śI donâ€™t know if this one could have been prevented,â€ť the sheriff said. â€śThis is just a very tragic accident.â€ť
A brush hog is a type of rotary mower, which typically attaches to the back of a farm tractor.
The case is currently under investigation by the Sheriffâ€™s Office and the Preble County Coronerâ€™s Office.