A Porter Township
man died over the weekend after his riding mower rolled on top of him,
Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris is reporting.
The victim was
identified as Thomas Wilkening, 49.
According to a
statement released by Harris, at 12:50 a.m. Sunday the Coroner’s Office
responded to a residence on C.R. 450S to investigate a death involving a
riding mower. Family members advised that Wilkening was last seen at
approximately 9 p.m. Saturday while mowing around a pond near the back of
the property and out of sight of the residence.
Later in the
evening, Harris said, on seeing lights burning on the pole barn, the family
members went to check on Wilkening and found him at the base of a culvert
with the zero-turn Husqvarna mower on top of him.
pronounced deceased at 12:50 a.m.
The Porter County
Sheriff’s Police and other agencies are investigating the accident.