Hawthorne Man Killed in Tractor Accident


An 82-year-old Hawthorne man was killed last week when he was crushed while his tractor towed another tractor in a pasture in Putnam County.

Just before 1 p.m., the man was using a Masse tractor to tow a Ford tractor from a field at 125 McMeekin Lake Lane for repair. The man and another person were moving the Ford from a pasture and the inoperable machine failed to stop when the man stopped his machine, according to a release by the Florida Highway Patrol.

Emergency crews were called to the location about six miles east of Hawthorne, and Putnam County paramedics took the man to UF Health Shands Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

No charges will be filed at this time, according to reports.

Thousands of people are injured or killed each year due to tractor accidents. Tractor accidents can happen in a variety of ways, but some of the most common causes of tractor accidents include:

  • Tractor rollovers
  • Road collisions
  • Being crushed or run over by a tractor
  • Injuries caused to a third party by operator error
  • Unsafe working conditions
  • Defective parts
  • Manufacturing or design defects

If you or a loved one was injured, or wrongfully killed in a tractor accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. A Florida Wrongful Death Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can help you identify if a third party is responsible for your suffering and damages. We can make sure you understand all of your legal rights as well as the options available for recovering financial compensation. We handle these cases on a contingency basis, meaning you owe us nothing unless or until we recover a monetary award on your behalf. Call us today for a complimentary consultation toll-free at 866-608-5529 or locally at 352-264-7800.

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