The Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office and the state medical examiner are still investigating the death of a 67-year-old Sperryville man just before noon Saturday, the result of an apparent accident with a weed-eater equipped with a blade.
Sources said the victim, Richard Brown, and another man were working with similar such tools in a yard off Juba Mountain Road in Sperryville when an obstruction bounced one of them into the back of Brown’s leg, causing a wound that bled profusely.
After fashioning a tourniquet, the sources said, the other man (who was not identified by RCSO) ran about a half-mile uphill to the nearest home with phone service. (There is no cell service in F.T. Valley between Sperryville and Madison.)
Sperryville Volunteer Rescue was on the scene within eight minutes of the call; Washington Volunteer Fire & Rescue and Sperryville Volunteer Fire also responded. SVFD also set up a landing zone for a medical helicopter, which was called off after Brown was pronounced dead at the scene.
RCSO investigator Shawn Walters’ report was not released, pending results of the coroner’s autopsy.