A local resident died on Monday when the lawn mower she was riding apparently fell into the Angelina River at her home. The incident occurred shortly before 5:00 on County Road 30 off of Recreational Road 255 in the Bean Community in northwest Jasper County.
Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman said Stephanie Eddins was mowing with a zero-turn riding mower when the accident occurred. Newman said her Stephanie's husband Justin Eddins, reportedly saw her mowing near the river, left and a short time later and then returned to find her missing. Newman said Eddins then discovered that the mower had apparently went into the river.
Attempts to revive Stephanie Eddins were not successful and the 39 year old was later pronounced dead at the scene by Jasper County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace.
Ironically, the deceased was the wife of Justin Eddins, a long time Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden who is a diver that has been credited with at least one water rescue and also the recovery of many drowning victims from rivers, streams, and lakes here in East Texas.