June 11 2014 03:00 AM


A landscaper working on a property in Montauk, New York, was badly hurt after his riding mower overturned on an embankment and landed on top of him. The victim, identified as Baldomero Villa Vicenzio, had no pulse when police and emergency medical personnel arrived, but was successfully revived by the first responders. The man was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was listed in critical, but stable condition.

The victim, identified as Villa Vicenzio, was part of a three-man crew from Warren’s Nursery in Water Mill, New York. They were working with two mowers on a property that sharply sloped down. A co-worker reported that the victim chose to drive the older, industrial-size unit over the inclined section, instead of the smaller, lighter one they had also brought. While he worked on the slope, the two other workers went to the other side of a fence that separated the rest of the site.

“We told him not to take the big one, just use the little one,” said one of Villa Vicenzio’s co-workers. “He insisted; he wanted to finish the job.”

The employees reported hearing the sound of the mower as it landed on top of the victim. According to the police, passing motorists came and assisted in freeing him before emergency responders arrived.

After being revived, the injured worker was rushed by ambulance to a helicopter that transported him to the hospital. The riding mower was impounded by East Hampton Town Police, to be given a safety inspection.