From staff reports
CANISTEO — Local authorities say there were apparently no witnesses to a farming accident Monday that killed a Canisteo man.
Kenneth B. Quick, 67, of county Route 119, died when a farm tractor he was driving on his property overturned, pinning him underneath the vehicle, according to the Steuben County Sheriff's Office.
A family member called 911 at approximately 1:30 p.m. Monday, reporting the accident.
"No witnesses have been located and the investigation is ongoing," the sheriff's office said in a statement. "Anyone with information is asked to call Inv. Robert McDaniels at 622-3911 or make an anonymous report at www.steubencony.org/sheriff."
A preliminary assessment attributes the accident to a driver's error.
Quick was clearing scrap metal along an embankment between the Canisteo River and a Norfolk Southern railroad line when the accident occurred, deputies said. Investigators believe the tractor struck a log laying in vegetation, causing it to careen to the left and slide sideways down the embankment for about 25 feet, before overturning.
Quick was pinned beneath the seat and fender of the tractor and was unresponsive when emergency workers arrived, deputies report.
He was pronounced dead at the scene by Steuben County Coroner Brian May. Quick's body was taken to the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office in Rochester for an autopsy.
The Sheriff's Office was by New York State Police, the Canisteo Police Department, Canisteo Volunteer Fire Department and the Steuben County Coroner’s Office.
A U.S. Army and National Guard veteran, Quick was the vice president of the New York State Future Farmers of America while attending Canisteo Central School. He was a Canisteo graduate and also earned an associate's degree in business at City University in Washington.
Quick was very active in the local community, serving formerly as Scout Master for Troop 14 of Canisteo and past president of the Canisteo Little League. He was a member of the Disabled Veterans Association and was a member and past Master of Morning Star Lodge #65 F&AM.
A funeral service will take place Friday at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Canisteo. Burial with full military honors will be in Bath National Cemetery.