3-year-old Run Over and Killed by Lawnmower After Falling From Father's Lap

Authorities in Snohomish County, Washington have said that a three-year-old was killed in a tragic accident when he fell from a lawnmower.

According to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, the child was riding the lawnmower with his father, "when he fell off and was run over by the mower".

The sheriff's office said that the child was pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies told KHQ06 that the incident is being treated as an accident and the father was not under the influence of anything.

The official cause of death would be established by the county medical examiner, KOMO News reported.

Twitter users in Washington and beyond flocked to express their sorrow for the family's plight, with some questioning the authorities' handling of the incident.

Earlier in April, a girl in Tennessee was struck and killed by a lawn mower, which a witness said she herself had been riding. The girl's age was not reported and authorities classified the death as accidental death, the Shelbyville Times-Gazette reported.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an estimated 91,123 injuries were caused by lawnmowers in 2016. Of those, 3,146 were injuries sustained by children under the age of 14.