Man dies in landscaping accident

Published On: Sep 04 2014 09:23:28 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 05 2014 12:20:00 AM EDT

A man was killed on the job after the four wheeler he was riding flipped and landed in a near by lake. The vehicle pinned the man beneath the water. Police pulled the body from the water and are investigating whether his death was a drowning.


A landscaping contractor doing maintenance work at The Lakeside Apartments on Thursday died after the ATV he was riding overturned in a pond, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Gale Johnson, 61, was operating a four-wheeler near a pond at the complex at 8700 Southside Boulevard when it flipped over on top of him and landed in the water, according to police.

Johnson's body was found a few hours later by another worker.

It wasn't immediately known if he was crushed by a four-wheeler or drowned in the pond.


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