Woman hit, killed by pickup while riding her lawnmower

MGN Online
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 8:45am

A McLennan County woman was killed Monday night when a pickup truck hit her while riding her lawnmower.

According to the Department of Public Safety Trooper D.L. Wilson, the accident happened at 9:45 p.m. Monday night on FM 434, just south of Riverview Road. A 2011 GMC pickup was traveling north bound when Leona James, 83, was mowing a yard across from her house. Wilson says the yard was actually a ditch on the side of the highway. James had no lights on her lawnmower.

For an unknown reason, Wilson says James drove out into the path of the pickup, traveling back east toward her house. The pickup hit James, throwing her off of her lawnmower.

James was pronounced dead on the scene by JP W.H. Peterson of Waco. Her body was taken to Waco Mortuary. The driver of the truck was uninjured in the accident. No charges will be filed.

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