On Tuesday, March 26, 2020, deputies with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of Rush Lake Road in Putnam Township on the report of a traumatic injury. The caller reported to 911 that her 85-year-old father had fallen off a tractor and was trapped underneath it.
The preliminary investigation has revealed that John Pratt of Pinckney was attempting to tow a lawn tractor with his Sears Roebuck lawn tractor when it became stuck. This caused the tractor Pratt was operating to overturn. Pratt received fatal injuries from the incident and was pronounced dead at the scene. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor at this time.
Deputies were assisted at the scene by personnel from the Putnam Township Fire Department and Livingston County EMS.