An Economy man died this morning in a lawnmower accident at his residence, according to the Beaver County coroners office.

Richard Gala, 64, was riding his mower at his Ridge Road Extension home about 9:30 am when he rolled backwards over a four-foot wall, said Bill Pasquale, chief deputy with the Beaver County coroners office. The mower landed on top of Mr. Gala, causing him to suffocate, Mr. Pasquale said.

Mr. Pasquale said it appeared Mr. Gala was backing up his mower and misjudged his distance from the wall, leading to the accident.

Mr. Gala was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:05 am The death was ruled accidental.