On April 23, 1997, a 24-year-old tree-trimming crew leader (the victim) died after he was caught and pulled through a wood chipper. The victim and two co-workers, a tree climber and a ground man, were in the process of trimming trees at a residence. While the tree climber and the ground man were at the rear of the house, the victim was located near the wood chipper, in the driveway at the front. The climber had heard the noise of the operating chipper for some time then realized that no wood was being processed. He sent the ground man to the front of the house to check on the victim. When he got to the front of the house, the ground man found the chipper running unattended, and shut it down. He then began to search for the victim and found blood and human tissue in the receiver truck.