Kids maimed and killed in back-up mower accidents
By Arrianee LeBeau KVAL News
EUGENE, Ore - Bethany Auker traveled from Ohio to spread the word about the dangers of lawn mowers. Her only son was killed when he was run over by a sitting mower in reverse.
She and her husband had borrowed the mower from her father. But they had no idea how dangerous it was.
“We were not aware that when you pushed the button to go in reverse that it deactivated the child safety mechanism,” said Auker.
Auker said the blade continued to turn when the mower was in reverse. And that’s how her son got run over. She and other families gathered in Eugene to share their stories about their children being involved in back up mower accidents.
They were hoping to testify in the Isabelle Norton case this week but were denied that request.
“All we are wanting is for the blades not to go in reverse,” said Auker.
Auker said she hopes sharing her story will encourage lawn mower manufacturers to make some changes to their products. She said she will continue to spread the word about back up mower accidents so no other parent has to experience what she did.
What a way to start a beautiful weekend on the Oregon coast
Patch, our cat is waiting for breakfast as he enjoys the Sun in Lowell while the Valley and Eugene has a blanket of fog. A 13 mile drive to Lowell east of I-5 and you can escape the fog that Eugene residents put up with. It is worth the short commute to live out of the fog for most of the winter.
A short 13 mile drive east to Lowell and you can escape the Valley fog. 95% of the time that Eugene is socked in with fog there is blues skies in Lowell.