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Man, 87, dies after riding lawnmower enters path of SUV

• Updated Oct 21, 2017 at 12:43 AM

VERMILION — An elderly man was killed Friday in Vermilion Township after he drove his riding lawnmower into the path of an SUV, causing an accident.

Whitten Yates, 87, of Vermilion, was mowing his yard on the east side of Risden Road, just south of Thompson Road, at 12:31 p.m. when he turned left into the road, entering the path of a northbound 2015 Chevrolet Traverse being driven by Sharon Poprocki, 62, of Vermilion, said troopers with the Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol. 

Poprocki’s vehicle struck the lawnmower, ejecting Yates. The lawnmower then traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned. 

Yates was pronounced deceased at the scene by North Central EMS. His body was transported by Riddle Funeral Home.

Poprocki’s vehicle traveled off the right side of the road and came to a stop in a private yard, troopers said. She sustained minor injuries and was treated and released at the scene.

Troopers were assisted on scene by Vermilion Township Fire Department, North Central EMS, Erie County Sheriff’s Office, Dunn Rite Towing and Riddle Funeral Home.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation, troopers said.

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