Norfolk

Man died after tractor rolled on him in Italy

Norfolk Coroner's Court
Image caption An inquest heard how Mr Von Roretz 'loved' to be out on his tractor

A man from Norfolk was killed when a tractor rolled on to him at his property in Italy, an inquest heard.

Richard Kedagh Von Roretz, 67, originally from King's Lynn, died from multiple injuries after the accident in Tuscany on 6 July.

A hearing in Norwich heard how he "never did anything rash or dangerous" and that a "fatal decision" led to his death.

Assistant coroner Johanna Thompson concluded his death was accidental.

'Prudent and sensible'

Emergency services, including an air ambulance, attended the scene but the impact of the accident was said to have killed Mr Von Roretz instantly.

In a statement, his wife Jenny said: "Kedagh loved that tractor, loved being out on it and cutting the grass, brambles and ferns, and keeping all of his land in order.

"It is of some comfort to [her daughter] Kika and myself that he was doing what he enjoyed doing, surrounded by beautiful nature, and that he died instantly."

Mrs Von Roretz added: "Over the years, he had got a good idea of the different levels of the land and was prudent and sensible, and never did anything rash or dangerous.

"He made a fatal decision as to how far the terrace extended and the tractor tipped over on its side."

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