Avella man found dead after tractor rolls down hillside

July 14, 2014

A 95-year-old man died Sunday night when his tractor rolled down a hillside while he was cutting grass on his Jefferson Township property.

Louis Kaposy of Meadowcroft Road left his home about 3 p.m. to cut the grass, but a neighbor noticed he still hadn’t returned home several hours later, Washington County Coroner Tim Warco said.

The neighbor began searching for Kaposy and found him about 7 p.m., Warco said. Kaposy’s tractor was found down a hillside near 65 Meadowcroft Road, Warco said.

Kaposy was pinned under the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene at 9:40 p.m., police said. The cause and manner of his death are pending an autopsy.

State police are investigating the incident. They were assisted at the scene by Avella volunteer firefighters.

Mike Jones has been a news reporter since 2005, covering crime, state and municipal government, education and energy. In addition to working at the Observer-Reporter, he also has spent time at the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail and Patch.com. He holds a journalism degree from West Virginia University.

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