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.
Last week, I was cruising on the Crown Princess with my 11 year old Grand-daughter. Just out of Skagway, while we were eating King Crab and looking for Whales, I noticed the Sun setting. Without paying much attention, I took a quick picture. I didn't know what I had until I blew it up.
With all the forest fires in the area, the smokey skies makes for some interesting sunsets.
First image is through a blue filter to give a blue tint, second image is the actual color of the moon after it made it up over the treetops. Third image is my son walking out on the dock, holding his cell phone, under the full moon. These were taken at William M. Tugman State Park near Lakeside.