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Man dies when tractor flips at Brooksville retention pond

The tractor was found overturned on the edge of a retention pond at the Southern Pines Condominiums off Mobley Road in Brooksville on Wednesday.

MAURICE RIVENBARK | Times

The tractor was found overturned on the edge of a retention pond at the Southern Pines Condominiums off Mobley Road in Brooksville on Wednesday.

BROOKSVILLE — A 72-year-old man was killed Wednesday night when his farm tractor flipped over and pinned him underneath, according to Brooksville police.

Authorities said Paul David Sasser of Chipley was mowing a field near Southern Pines Condominiums at 18330 Cortez Blvd. on Wednesday evening. When Sasser didn't return home or call his wife by 9 p.m., she went out to check on him.

Sasser's wife arrived at the field and found the tractor upside down in a retention pond with Sasser trapped under it, police said. She then called 911.

Emergency responders arrived within a few minutes and pronounced Sasser dead at the scene.

Brooksville police Chief George Turner said authorities believe one of the tractor's rear tires might have slipped off a bank along the retention pond, causing it to roll and flip over. The pond had a little less than a foot of water in it.

"Nothing appears to be suspicious," Turner said Thursday. "It's just a tragic accident."

An autopsy was performed Thursday. Results weren't immediately available.

Charles Sasser, known for building some of Hernando County's largest developments in the 1960s and 1970s, was also the developer of the Southern Pines complex. But it wasn't immediately clear if he was related to Paul Sasser.

A message left at his office in Brooksville wasn't returned Thursday.

Man dies when tractor flips at Brooksville retention pond 05/20/10 [Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 9:21pm]
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