Would-Be Good Samaritan Makes Things Worse for Mower

New York man cried for help ... and sorta got some
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 17, 2015 6:40 PM CDT

(Newser) – Authorities say a good Samaritan trying to help a New York man in distress turned out to be a bad Samaritan. The Wyoming County sheriff's office says a man's foot got stuck under his riding mower last week on a sloped lawn near an embankment in Genesee Falls. Deputies say 31-year-old Christopher Ratcliffe heard his cries for help. Ratcliffe had stopped at a nearby gas station while driving back to Pennsylvania.

Police say Ratcliffe tied a rope from his vehicle to the mower. But instead of backing up, Ratcliffe went forward, causing the trapped man, the mower, and Ratcliffe's vehicle to go over the 12-foot-high embankment. The mower landed on the man, who had minor injuries. Ratcliffe was ticketed for driving a vehicle that was uninsured, uninspected, and unregistered.

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