A 55-year-old Wildwood man riding a lawnmower on a Sumter County highway was killed Wednesday when he was rear-ended by an SUV, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

The Wildwood man was airlifted to Ocala Regional Medical Center, where he later died from his injuries.

The driver of the SUV, a 49-year-old Oxford woman, was taken to Leesburg Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.

According to the FHP report, the woman was traveling south on County Road 229 in a Kia Sorrento at about 1:20 p.m. when she failed to slow down and struck the mower. The impact caused the man to be ejected from the mower.

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If you or a family member has been involved in a riding lawn mower accident, or any type of automobile crash, call a Villages Auto Accident Injury Lawyer at Whittel & Melton immediately at 352-369-5334 or contact us online. It is very important that we begin an investigation of the accident as soon as possible so we can prepare your case. You will never pay any legal fees unless we win financial compensation for you.