Coroner identifies woman found dead under riding lawnmower

Published: Jul. 24, 2018 at 1:41 PM EDT
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A 46-year-old woman is dead after being found unconscious and not breathing underneath a lawnmower in Goshen.

It happened Monday in the 300 block of Marlin Court in Goshen.

Police say her name was Syma DiCarlo of Elkhart, and she owned a lawn mowing company. They say Monday morning, it was a workplace accident that lead to her death.

She was taking care of Roxbury Park's lawn in Goshen, when something happened that lead her to end up underneath of a riding lawnmower.

A co-worker, an Osceola man, came along and found her face-down with her legs hanging out about two feet from under the mower.

It may sound like she got cut up in the mower, but police say the blades of the mower weren't engaged. They say the reason for her death was traumatic asphyxia, which basically means she suffocated from something crushing or pinning her down.

Neighbors in the area spoke to the coworker who found her and they say he was just so shaken from what he saw.

"I says, 'Would you like me to pray for you?'" neighbor Jane Hoover said. "And he says 'Yeah.' So I held his hand and there was blood on his hand. Then the EMT came up and said, 'Is there anything we can do for you?' And he says, 'I tried to push the lawnmower off of her.' And he said, 'You couldn't have pushed that lawnmower off of her. And besides, she was already gone. She was already gone before you got there.'"

Police say the investigation is still open, but they are looking at this as a complete accident.