Kids maimed and killed in back-up mower accidents

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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.

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