Merced County sheriff's deputies said a man was found dead after working in irrigation field in Stevinson.
just before 6 p.m. Tuesday, the Merced Sheriff’s Office responded to the 15000 block of Highway 140 in Stevinson about a report of a man down.
Detective Eric Macias, along with Deputies Sam Becerra and Justin Ussery, arrived and found a 38-year-old male lying next to a quad vehicle by a shed where he worked. According to witnesses, the victim was working irrigation in the fields when he told his boss he was heading back to the shop to call it quits for the day. His boss came back to the shop about 45 minutes later and saw the victim’s quad parked next to the shed instead of it being put away. When he got close, he saw the victim lying flat on his back on the ground in front of the quad, according to the deputies.
When the witness approached him, it appeared as if the victim was barely moving his mouth, trying to say something, but couldn’t. The witness dialed 911 and an ambulance responded. Emergency crews pronounced the man dead at the scene.
According to Detective Macias, there was no evidence of foul play. It appeared as if the victim had gotten off his quad, took a few steps and collapsed. A cause of death won't be determined until an autopsy can be performed. The identity of the victim is being withheld until next-of-kin can be notified.