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Veterinarian killed in riding mower accident

JERSEY SHORE — Local veterinarian Dr. Bradford Baker was killed late Monday afternoon when the Kubota Zero-Turn lawn mower he was riding overturned, trapping him under the unit, while he was cutting grass at his home on Torbert Lane, off of Route 44, in Watson Township, according to Jerold Ross, the county’s chief deputy coroner.

Firefighters and paramedics responded to the property about 5:10 p.m. Baker, 62, was killed instantly when the tractor rolled on top of him, Ross said.

The riding mower flipped when its left rear tire dropped off a small embankment, Ross said. No one witnessed the accident, he said.

Baker’s property borders Pine Creek and he was found under the mower by a kayaker coming down the creek, Ross said.

The mower’s motor was still warm when rescue personnel arrived, he said, adding the investigators believed the accident happened at least an hour before Baker was found.

State police responded and processed the scene before firefighters extricated Baker from under the mower.

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