Man mowing lawn dies after being hit by backing car

CareFlight lands at the American Legion in Piqua on Monday afternoon to transport the victim of a lawn mower vs. car crash that occurred on Sunset Drive. (Photo: Piqua Daily Call/Mike Ullery)

PIQUA, Ohio (WDTN) – A Piqua man was killed Monday while mowing his lawn after a car hit him.

The accident happened in the 800 block of Sunset Drive around 2:30 p.m. Monday.

Piqua Police Chief Marty Grove told The Piqua Daily Call Robert McClannan, 71, was mowing his lawn with a push mower when a neighbor began backing out of his driveway, hitting McClannan.

Police say McClannan may have been making a turn and stepped into the driveway.

Piqua Fire Department medics were called to the scene and they asked a CareFlight helicopter to meet them at the American Legion landing zone next to the fire department. McClannan died before he could be placed aboard the helicopter.

The body was taken to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office where an autopsy will be performed.

The driver was identified as a 63-year-old man. Piqua Police are still investigating this incident. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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