KIRKSEY — A fatal wreck last week in which a Kirksey woman lost her life after her riding lawn mower collided with a vehicle will not result in charges. 

Calloway County Sheriff Sam Steger said Thursday that the crash is being ruled an accident. Iva Carson, 87, died on Monday as a result of injuries she suffered. The wreck occurred last Thursday, June 27, on Woodcock Drive, northwest of Kirksey. 

Carson was initially taken to Murray-Calloway County Hospital by personnel with the Murray-Calloway County Ambulance Service. She was then airlifted by helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, where she eventually succumbed to her injuries. 

Steger said a final step for his agency will be to discuss the case with the Metro Nashville Medical Examiner’s Office, being that was the jurisdiction where Carson died. However, he said he was confident that this would amount to nothing out of the ordinary being discovered, thus allowing the case to be closed by CCSO. 

Steger said investigation at the scene indicates the driver of the other vehicle involved in the wreck — Robert Salyers, 45 — was driving a pickup truck on Woodcock when he encountered Carson on the road as she was attempting to cross on her mower, as he came out of a curve. Steger said the investigation showed that Salyers did not see Carson in time to take evasive maneuvers to prevent the collision. 

Salyers was not injured.  


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