Man, 79, killed in backhoe accident; Neighbor recalls helpful `super guy'.Byline: Steven H. Foskett Jr.
NORTHBRIDGE - A Fowler Road man was killed yesterday in an accident on his property involving a backhoe, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. the district attorney's office.
Raymond F. Kaminski, 79, of 223 Fowler Road, was working with a backhoe when he was somehow injured in·jure
tr.v. in·jured, in·jur·ing, in·jures
1. To cause physical harm to; hurt.
2. To cause damage to; impair.
3. by the machine, Timothy J. Connolly, spokesman for Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr., said last night. He said that emergency personnel pronounced Mr. Kaminski dead at the scene around 5 p.m.
Local police and state police detectives assigned as·sign
tr.v. as·signed, as·sign·ing, as·signs
1. To set apart for a particular purpose; designate: assigned a day for the inspection.
2. to Mr. Early's office spent most of the early evening at the home, which Mr. Kaminski shared with his wife, Gladys, and his daughter and son-in-law, Sharon A. and Kevin S. Curtin. The house sits at the top of a long, steep driveway.
Mr. Connolly said Mr. Kaminski appeared to have suffered a bad leg injury, and was found lying next to the backhoe. He said an autopsy will be performed, and that the accident is under investigation. But he said that state police detectives determined the accident did not appear suspicious.
Myron and Deborah Christiansen have lived across the street from Mr. Kaminski for about 30 years. They said he was a good neighbor.
"He was a super guy," Mrs. Christiansen said.
The Christiansens said they saw Mr. Kaminski almost daily. They recalled Mr. Kaminski driving his tractor tractor, in agriculture, vehicle used to pull such equipment as plows, cultivators, and mowers; to power stationary devices such as saws and winches; and to push snowplows and earth-moving implements. across the street to help them dig out of the Blizzard blizzard, winter storm characterized by high winds, low temperatures, and driving snow; according to the official definition given in 1958 by the U.S. Weather Bureau, the winds must exceed 35 mi (56 km) per hr and the temperature 20°F; (−7°C;) or lower. of '78, not long after they moved in.
"Our cars were buried bur·y
tr.v. bur·ied, bur·y·ing, bur·ies
1. To place in the ground: bury a bone.
a. To place (a corpse) in a grave, a tomb, or the sea; inter.
b. ," Mr. Christiansen said. "He plowed plow also plough
1. A farm implement consisting of a heavy blade at the end of a beam, usually hitched to a draft team or motor vehicle and used for breaking up soil and cutting furrows in preparation for sowing.
2. us out."
The Christiansens said they felt terrible about what happened.
"He'd do anything for you," Mr. Christiansen said.
Mr. Christiansen said he was working in his shop at his house when he received a call from Mrs. Kaminski across the street, asking for help. He said that by the time he got across the street, police had already arrived. Mr. Christiansen said police asked him if he knew how to turn off the backhoe, and he did.
Mr. Christiansen said Mr. Kaminski had about eight acres of farmland behind his house. He said Mr. Kaminski once raised pigs and cows on the land, but stopped several years ago. He said Mr. Kaminski still enjoyed taking his tractor out.
"He loved puttering around up there," Mr. Christiansen said.
Mrs. Christiansen said she and her husband often went to holiday parties at the Kaminski house, and that they were a nice family. She said they were planning Mr. Kaminksi's 80th birthday party.
"They were close," Mrs. Christiansen said.
CUTLINE: Local police and state police went to 223 Fowler Road in Northbridge yesterday to investigate a fatal accident there.
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