WARRENSVILLE-Ashe County Sheriff James Williams confirmed the accidental death of a man on a lawnmower Thursday afternoon.
Williams said Steven Shane Walton, 39, of Dollar Road was killed after he was thrown or fell from a Cub Cadet lawnmower. Dollar Road lies just off NC-88 midway between Smethport and Warrensville.
Williams said the mower was moving down a hill at the time of the accident, which occurred shortly before 2:45 p.m. on May 12, according to police scanner traffic.
“We’re not entirely sure how it happened – maybe the mower was in neutral – but at any rate it was moving fast coming down the hill,” Williams said.
Walton was declared dead at the scene, according to Williams, due to massive head trauma suffered in the accident.
Late Thursday night, Sandra Hart Lewis said Walton was her nephew and asked for prayers for Walton’s family.
“He was a wonderful guy with a sense of humor that didn’t end,” Lewis wrote. “Oh how we will miss that smile and (his) corny jokes.”
The Jefferson Post will update with further details as they become available. Reach Adam Orr at 336-489-3058.