Boy killed in lawn mower accident

May 16th, 2011 by Staff

Berrien County, Georgia – People throughout Berrien County are mourning a tragic loss.

A boy was killed in a lawn mower accident.

10-year old Paxton Griffin loved to mow grass.

That’s what he was doing in his neighborhood last night when somehow the lawn mower ran over him.

10 year old Paxton Griffin was mowing the grass behind this building at Gaither’s Body Shop when something went horribly wrong.

“I thought it was awful, one of the most tragic things that’s ever happened in Berrien Countym” said Roxanne Tyler.

Investigators say he may have been thrown off the lawn mower after hitting an ant bed. The mower then ran over him or he may have tried to pick up the old snapper mower over the ant bed while it was still in gear. His mother found him last night lying under the lawnmower. Mr. Gaither removed it from on top of the boy.

Tyler says she knows Griffin’s parents and knew Paxton when he was very young.

“He was just as charming as he could be,” said Tyler.

Griffin was in fourth grade at Berrien Elementary School. The principal says he was good student and was always happy.

“When I was walking down the hall instead of calling me Ms. West he called me Ms. South or Ms. East,” said principal Belinda West. “He said he was going to call me in the direction I was walking. He was always happy.”

It’s a sad day in Berrien County and counselors from across the school system are available to students.

“We had many parents from that homeroom he was actually in come in this morning with their child to talk or if they had questions,” said West. “They had art activities just to express their feelings.”

Most of the Berrien County community has heard about this tragedy and they’re continuing to pray for the family.

Paxton’s funeral will be Sunday at Hope Baptist Church in Nashville. The coroner says Paxton Griffin’s possible cause of death is suffocation.

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