Lawsuit filed over 2011 Rochester tractor accident that killed 3-year-old

Staff writerSeptember 6, 2013 

The family of a 3-year-old boy who died when he was run over by a tractor being driven by his 7-year-old brother on a sod farm near Rochester in 2011 has sued the plaintiff's former business partner, who according to suit, failed to supervise the youngsters.
The wrongful death lawsuit filed by Christopher and Randi Decker on Aug. 30 in Thurston County Superior Court names Jacob Huff and his wife as defendants. 
Isaac Decker, 3, was riding on a tractor's running board on May 26, 2011 when he fell off, and was run over by one of the tractor's wheels. The boy's 7-year-old brother was driving the tractor on the farm at 175th Avenue and McCormick St. SW at the time of the accident. The 7-year-old had been permitted in the past to operate the tractor, but not with his 3-year-old brother riding with him, the suit states.
An 18-year-old cousin who was driving a forklift nearby suffered a broken arm and hand trying to move the tractor's wheel after the accident,
The suit alleges Jacob Huff was negligent in his supervision of the children at the time of the accident.
Jacob Huff could not be reached for comment Friday.
Thurston County Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Brady said Friday that no criminal charges were ever filed in connection with the incident.
Decker's family is being represented by Olympia attorney Harold Carr. The suit seeks unspecified damages.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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