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Posted on 08/08/2012 6:34:47 AM PDT by Blue Highway
Sarasota Woman Killed While Mowing Overgrown Grass on Median
SARASOTA COUNTY - If police accounts are true, some of Andrea Rody's final words blamed Sarasota County, and a contract dispute that delayed mowing of roadway medians, for her own death on Monday.
Rody, 45, who lived in the 6800 block of Mauna Loa Boulevard, was using a weed wacker about 9:30 a.m. Monday on the median near her home to cut down grass that grew 2 feet high during the ongoing county contract dispute.
As she worked, Rody was struck by a car; she later died at a hospital in St. Petersburg from her injuries, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Ninety minutes before she was struck, Rody was approached by a county worker who saw her cutting the grass. Rody complained vehemently that the county had not mowed in two months, according to a county report.
The county worker told Rody he would need a work order before cutting grass on the median, the report said.
Apparently only moments before she was struck, the county worker returned to Mauna Loa Boulevard and told Rody a work order had been approved to cut her median later that day or on Tuesday. Rody thanked the employee, and said she would stop after she cut around one more bush, the report said.
The county report said that final interaction with Rody happened around 9:30 a.m.; FHP says Rody was struck at 9:30 a.m.
Nan Nahum, Rody's partner of 14 years, wept Monday as she spoke of how Rody often helped other people in the neighborhood, including cutting grass when it grew too high.
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Not to make light of a tragic accident but it seems she was mowed down...
Not to be to insensitive but:
No good deed goes unpunished. - Author Unknown.
I feel for her and her partner. She was trying to do a good thing.
Sounds like this person wasn't very tightly wrapped.
Nan Nahum, Rody's partner ... might give a little insight as to the person's state.
There, fixed it.
seems lawn mowing is not a far cry from carpet mowing.
***Not to make light of a tragic accident but it seems she was mowed down...****
At least she won’t have to make “bale”.
Might be an angry county employee who didn’t like grandma taking his job. Union thugs are very sensitive to invasions of their “turf”.
0bama’s fault! :)
I was thinking this as well. I know the area well where this happened and the strange thing is she was talking to the county workers at 9:30am and that was the same reported time of the woman hitting her with the car. Where this happened there is a traffic light at the end of Mauna Loa Blvd. so the county vehicle was likely waiting at the light when the girl struck the woman with her car. There is no mention of the county employees being on the scene of the accident even though they would have had to have been there.
I think of high grass as habitat, lots of critters to pose for my camera!
It was that last bush that did her in ;)