The Sonoma County coroner's office has identified the Oakland man who died Friday evening in a tractor accident in Sonoma County as 38-year-old Andrew John Lenz.

Lenz was not wearing a seatbelt as he operated a large bulldozer tractor to move dirt into a pond in the 12100 block of Henno Road in Glen Ellen around 6 p.m., Sonoma police Sgt. Spencer Crum said.

Lenz, an independent contractor, was thrown out of the tractor when its front blade hit the ground as the tractor moved downhill, Crum said.

Crum said an employee witnessed the accident.

The California Department of Occupational Safety and Health is still determining whether it will investigate the death because Lenz was an independent contractor, and there was no employer-employee relationship, spokesman Greg Siggins said this afternoon.



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