94-year-old mom on ATV kills son in farm accident

A 52-year-old Cohoctah Township man died Saturday after his 94-year-old mother accidentally ran him over with an all-terrain vehicle, police said.

Ronald Smith was pronounced dead at the scene at his mother’s farm on Byron Road near Allen Road in Cohoctah Township, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department said.

Smith was working with his mother, Mary Smith, around 12:30 p.m. at the property about 6 miles north of Howell, police said.

Ronald Smith was opening a gate when his mother apparently lost control of the Kubota RTV 900 utility vehicle she was riding and hit the gate, then caromed off the gate and struck her son.

He was trapped underneath the vehicle, police said.

Police said Mary Smith tried to get the vehicle off her son, but couldn’t.

Personnel from the Sheriff’s Department and the Livingston County EMS responded.

Mary Smith was taken to St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital in Howell for treatment.


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