Man dies after being found trapped under lawnmower in Keystone Heights

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office says his death appears to be accidental or medical-related.

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS, Fla. — The Clay County Sheriff’s Office said the death of a man found trapped under a lawnmower at the Keystone Heights Memorial Gardens on Tuesday morning is believed to be accidental or medical-related.

The sheriff’s office said a 911 call came in just after 9:30 a.m., and a man, later identified as Charles E. James of Keystone Heights, was found under the mower.

CCSO said it has determined at this time that James’ death is not criminal.

James was working as a part-time employee of the city of Keystone Heights at the time he died, CCSO said.

The City of Keystone Heights released the following statement:

“This morning at approximately 9:30a.m. Mr. Charles E. James, a public works employee of the City of Keystone Heights, was found on the ground at the Keystone Heights Memorial Gardens by the City’s Public Works Director. 911 was called and Mr. James was pronounced deceased at the scene. The City extends our deepest sympathy to his family and friends. Mr. James began working with the City in January 2021, and despite the short time period of his City work, he will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those whose lives were touched by our dear friend.”

The Sheriff’s Office said Charles was alone when this happened.

Action News Jax has sent in a request for the 911 call made. We haven’t received it yet and are also working to learn more about Charles’ death.