ST. PETERSBURG – A Palmetto man died Thursday afternoon in a construction accident at the Sky Trap and Skeet Club, 3200 74th Avenue North, St. Petersburg.
Pinellas County deputies are investigating the accident that occurred at approximately 3:44 p.m. According to the sheriff’s report, John J. Winchester, 53, an employee of Woodruff and Sons Construction in Bradenton, was operating a vibratory roller, which is a steamroller that vibrates to pack the sand. While backing up, southbound, on an embankment, the roller flipped west. Winchester was pinned under the metal roof.
Construction crews were eventually able to remove the roller. Winchester was pronounced dead on the scene.