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Girl Crushed to Death by Riding Mower

June 22, 1992

GROVELAND, Fla. (AP) _ A 2 1/2 -year-old girl unexpectedly appeared in the path of a riding lawn mower and was crushed to death, sheriff’s officials said Monday.

Amanda Fay Frazier had been riding on the mower earlier with family friend Laverne Bellamy, who was mowing the back yard Sunday at the home Amanda’s parents, Randy and Kay Frazier.

″But she got scared or something, so I stopped the mower,″ Ms. Bellamy said. ″She got off and went into the house, and the last time I looked up she was standing in the doorway.″

A few moments later, Ms. Bellamy said, she shifted the mower into gear and when she looked up again Amanda was in front of the mower.

″When I lifted my foot off the clutch, the mower jumped, and it was too late to stop it,″ she said.

The death was classified an accident, said Lake County sheriff’s Lt. Chris Daniels.

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