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78-year-old woman dies in farm accident
fatal accident

MONROE — Police and the county coroner have yet to publicly identify the victim of a weekend farm accident in which an elderly woman was trapped apparently for hours by a utility type vehicle on her rural property in the Town of Jefferson.

The woman’s body was discovered at about 1:15 p.m. on Sunday by sheriff’s deputies, who were called to the scene by concerned friends or relatives. And since there were no witnesses, police investigators have surmised that she was likely struck by her own vehicle on the property, in the W440 block of Fairfield Road in the Town of Jefferson. 

“The initial belief is that the victim was operating that piece of equipment, likely put it in park, got out of the vehicle, walked around and then it got out of gear somehow and pinned her to the front of a building,” said Green County Sheriff Jeff Skatrud.

Skatrud said the incident likely happened the night before but it is not immediately clear whether she died from blunt force trauma or from being pinned by the John Deere Gator-type vehicle. Nonetheless, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

“I don’t recall a similar incident like this happening with an UTV … but people definitely want to be careful operating them,” he said.

The Green County Sheriff’s Office and County Coroner continue the investigation.