CROWN POINT — A 69-year-old Lowell man died after a Bobcat excavator vehicle backed into him at a Crown Point construction site, police said.
Scott Beier died of blunt force trauma and his death was ruled an accident, according to a Lake County coroner's report. Beier was pronounced dead at 9:57 a.m. after he was taken to Franciscan Health hospital in Crown Point, the report said.
At 9:31 a.m. Wednesday, police and emergency medical personnel responded to the Cottage Court subdivision at 97th Avenue and Carroll Court, Crown Point Police Chief Pete Land said. Someone called 911 reporting a man had been injured at a new home construction work site in the area.
Police discovered the man had been accidentally backed into by a 41-year-old Crown Point man maneuvering the Bobcat excavator vehicle.
The man suffered serious head and chest injuries and was taken to the hospital, where he died from his injuries, police said.
The Crown Point Police Investigations Unit and the Serious Crash Reconstruction Team investigated the scene. Authorities also notified the Occupational Safety & Health Administration of the fatal incident.
“Every indication at this point leads our investigators to believe that this was just a tragic accident," Land said.
The identity of the man who was operating the Bobcat has not yet been released.
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