BENTON COUNTY, Wash. - The owner of Hillside Orchards in Benton County has died after being run over by a tractor.
57 year-old Robert Edward Smith was mowing his orchard on East Jacobs Road Wednesday afternoon when the accident happened. The farm manager found him pinned under the tractor and mower, in a ditch near the grape orchard.
Benton County Sheriff's Deputies believe the tractor got stuck, lost traction and rolled down a hill into the ditch. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.