Boy, 3, fatally struck by tractor at Rochester farm

ROCHESTER, Wash. - A 3-year-old boy was fatally injured in a farming accident on a sod farm on Thursday night.

Thurston County Sheriff's Lt. Greg Elwin said the incident occurred while a sod cutting tractor and a loading forklift were in use at the farm in the 17600 block of McCormick St. SW just after 8 p.m.

The boy, later identified as Isaac Decker of Rochester, was sitting on the running board of the tractor being driven by a 7-year-old when he jumped and slipped as the tractor continued forward.

An 18-year-old cousin on a nearby forklift saw the 3-year-old slip and ran over to help, but he was unable to reach the boy before the tractor tire rolled over him.

The victim suffered apparent massive head trauma, and was declared dead at the scene. The cousin sustained arm and face injuries while trying to tend to the boy, Elwin said, but he was refusing treatment as he was very distraught.

The 7-year-old brother was removed from the scene.

The boy's parents were not present at the time of the incident; however, the children were under the supervision of the 18-year-old cousin as well as another adult who was riding on a platform behind the tractor.

The Sheriff's Office is not considering criminal charges in this matter.