Aug. 5—A disabled Schuylkill County man was thrown off his riding mower, which then ran over him and asphyxiated him, according to state police.
John Lippert, 79, was found dead under the mower at his mailbox along Brown's Church Road in Wayne Township near Schuylkill Haven on Thursday shortly after 4:30 p.m., troopers said.
Troopers said that Lippert's family related that he was in declining health and had begun to ride a "zero-turn" mower to the mailbox daily.
The emergency cutoff switch under the seat had previously been disabled, the family told troopers.
Troopers said: "While retrieving his mail, Lippert lost control of the machine, which caused it to run over and asphyxiate him."