Sanilac County Man Killed after Lawnmower Rolls on top on him


ELK, TOWNSHIP – The Sanilac County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a single occupant roll-over fatal accident that occurred on June 13, 2017 at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Sanilac Central Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call regarding a male subject that was trapped under a lawn mower on Farr Road south of Marlette Road in Elk Township.




According to Sgt. Shelly Park, the initial investigation revealed that a 65-year-old male from Elk Township had been mowing the eastside ditch on Farr Road when the 2011 John Deere zero turn lawn mower he was driving overturned, causing the lawn mower to land on top of him.

Upon arrival, it was determined that the male subject identified as John Maedel was dead at her scene of accident. Sanilac EMS responded to the scene as well to assess the injuries.

Alcohol was not a factor in the accident and it remains under investigation with an autopsy scheduled for Thursday, June 15th.

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