Pickup Strikes Riding Mower Killing Elderly Central Texas Woman

WACO (June 3, 2014) An elderly Central Texas woman died at the scene Monday night after she drove her riding lawnmower onto the road and into the path of an oncoming pickup truck, the Department of Public Safety said Tuesday.

Leona James, 83, was thrown from the riding lawnmower when the pickup struck her at around 9:45 p.m. Monday as she tried to drive across South 3rd Street Road in front of her home just south of Riverview Road, DPS Trooper D.L. Wilson said.

It’s not clear why James pulled onto the road.

McLennan County Justice of the Peace W. H. “Pete” Peterson pronounced her dead at the scene.