A Michigan teenager is dead from accident involving a corn harvester, a heavy piece of farming equipment.
Huron Daily Tribune reported,13-year-old Jeffery Lewis Powell of Elkton died Sept. 12 after being accidentally driven over by the harvester.
According to Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson, first respondents received a call out to a cornfield on Limerick Road around 9 a.m.
Hanson said in a press release that preliminary investigation indicates that Powell was there to deer hunt in the field that morning. Investigators believe he may have fallen asleep shortly before the accident took place.
Hanson explained, “A little while later, a 25-year-old man from Pigeon arrived to finish harvesting the field with a large Krone corn chopper.”
The man was unaware anyone was present drove over the young boy. The 25-year-old man discovered the boy near the chopper operator a very short while later.
Unfortunately, Powell did not survive the incident. At this time, the occurrence is considered accidental. Scheurer Ambulance Service assisted the sheriff’s office, declaring the boy dead on the scene. Hanson said the Huron County Medical Examiner’s Office arranged for an autopsy.
Powell attended Laker High School in Pigeon, Michigan and he had a true passion for hunting. His Facebook page shows off a photo of him holding up a wold he hunted last winter.
Also on the page, friends and family took the opportunity to share memories and pay tribute to their beloved Jeffrey. Family friend Michelle Burk wrote ‘Sending many prayers. Such a sweet caring boy. He will be missed.’
Another friend named John said, ‘I remember him, gutsy, fun and not afraid of anything, with a great laugh.’
Jeffrey’s school arranged for emotional support counselors to aid his classmates to cope with his sudden and tragic death.
[H/T Huron Daily Tribune]