The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

August 8, 2012

Man working in field dies

Staff Writer

ROME TOWNSHIP —  A man working in a township hayfield died Tuesday afternoon while he was apparently repairing farm machinery, said Jim Baehr, Ashtabula County coroner’s investigator.

Bryan K. Wolfe, 55, of Rome Township was working alone in a field at 6102 Route 45 when he left his tractor running and went to examine the haycutter.

“Somehow he left the tractor running and somehow he became entrapped within the haycutter,” Baehr said.

An anonymous passerby stopped at the field to ask about the hay and discovered Wolfe’s body. The passerby went to the house on the property but when no one answered the door, flagged down a car. The driver called 911. South Central Ambulance arrived at the scene and Wolfe was pronounced dead at about 6:30 p.m., Baehr said.

“There were no witnesses. He was working alone. He would have died very quickly,” Baehr said.

 The body was sent for an autopsy and toxicology report due to the circumstances, but the death is not suspicious, Baehr said.