A 13-year-old deer hunter has died after being run over by a corn harvester.
Champion archer Jeffery Lewis Powell had reportedly dozed off in a field after being dropped off on Saturday morning.
He was pronounced dead at the scene after he was run over in Chandler Township, Michigan, US.
The Huron County Sheriff said the boy, of Elkton, Michigan, had likely fallen asleep in the cornfield, WJRT reported.
A man returned to finish harvesting the area at about 9am not knowing that there was anybody there.
The 25-year-old from Pigeon, Michigan, found Powell “a very short while later” after apparently driving the large Krone corn chopper over him, the Huron Daily Tribune reported.
Emergency workers declared the eighth grade student dead at the scene and an autopsy was ordered for him.
In his obituary, Powell’s family said that he died “doing what he loved…hunting.”
He was said to have been an accomplished hunter, fisherman and archer.
Powell was a state champion on his middle school’s archery team, in addition to playing on its seventh and eighth grade football team.
County Sheriff Hanson said: “Preliminary investigation indicates that a 13-year-old young man from Elkton had been dropped off earlier to deer hunt in that field and it is believed he may have fallen asleep once there.
“A little while later, a 25-year-old man from Pigeon arrived to finish harvesting the field with a large Krone corn chopper. Unaware anyone was in it, the hunter was accidentally driven over and found by the chopper operator a very short while later.”
Friends and relatives have paid tribute to the tragic lad describing him as a generous and enthusiastic child who smiled a lot.
In an obituary guestbook entry, a woman wrote that her daughter was friends with Powell and “would tell me about her nice friend Jefferey who would bring in cookies and other snacks for their table to have at lunch time. He truly cared for others.”
Meanwhile one of his former teachers noted that Powell “LOVED Science and anything to do with nature!”.
She added that he would also “stand right next to me, look up and give me the biggest grin he could.”
The teacher wrote: “He was very helpful and would share personal experiences about animals, trees, and ecosystems” and added: “When I retired June of 2019, Jeff wrote the nicest, most endearing letter to me. I know he is up in Heaven helping all the little angels get their wings.”