Man struck, killed while riding lawnmower in Sumter County

Willie Lawson, 55, struck on County Road 229


SUMTER COUNTY, Fla. – A man is dead after he was struck by a vehicle while riding a lawnmower Wednesday.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Willie Arthur Lawson, 55, was traveling south on his lawnmower on County Road 229 at about 1:20 p.m. Debra Anne Sesler, 49, was traveling behind him in a Kia Sorento.

Troopers said Sesler failed to slow down and hit the back of Lawson's lawnmower, causing him to be ejected and the lawnmower to flip.

Lawson was taken to Ocala Regional Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Sesler suffered minor injuries.