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An 89-year-old Osawatomie man was killed Tuesday, May 19, when the John Deere mower he was driving was hit by another vehicle on 335th Street north of Osawatomie.

The driver of the mower, Ralza Manly, was transported to Miami County Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, according to a news release from the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

Units from the Miami County Sheriff’s Office, Osawatomie Fire Department and Miami County Emergency Medical Services were dispatched to 335th Street between Crescent Hill Road and Plum Creek at 2:27 p.m. on May 19 in response to an injury accident.

Investigators determined that a 1998 Ford Escort occupied by an adult male driver and three juvenile passengers was eastbound on 335th Street between Crescent Hill Road and Plum Creek Road when the vehicle struck a John Deere mower driven by an adult male traveling east on 335th Street, according to the release.

The driver and occupants of the Ford Escort were wearing their seat belts and were not injured.

The crash is being investigated by the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

Editor and Publisher Brian McCauley can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or brian.mccauley@miconews.com.

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I was out mowing the roadside myself the other day and a car came FLYING by me. People need to slow down when farm equipment is on the roadside working. I had my warning lights on and everything. In the old days people would slow down or even wait until you saw them before coming around you in case something flew out from the mower. People are not taught anymore about what to do when they encounter farmers working on their property and roadways.

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