(Originally published 7/6/17)
Headline: Brown's brewer killed in home tractor accident
Peter Martin, director of brewing operations for Brown's Brewing Company, died at his home Tuesday when the tractor he was riding flipped, according to an announcement Thursday from Rensselaer County Sheriff Patrick Russo.
Russo said Martin, 45, was pulling out tree stumps on his 1254 Pine Valley Road, Hoosick, property Tuesday evening when the chain hooked to the back of his tractor caused the machinery to flip and crush him.
The company released a statement Wednesday, saying Martin "was loved by many and was an integral part of our Brown's Brewing family."
Russo said the county medical examiner pronounced Martin dead at the scene and an autopsy determined the cause of death as compression asphyxia, meaning the tractor pinned him down and made breathing impossible.
The Capital Craft Beverage Trail Association today released the following statement: “We are deeply saddened by the recent passing of Peter Martin. Peter was the head brewer at Brown’s Brewing Co., a member of the Capital Craft Beverage Trail, and served at the iconic Troy-based brewery for 23 years with distinction. Peter was loved by many and was an integral part of Brown's Brewing. His loss is a loss for the entire craft beverage industry in New York. His legacy will live on through the countless lifelong memories and friendships that he shared with all who knew him. We send our condolences to Peter’s family, the Brown’s Brewing Co. community, and ask that everyone respect his family's privacy.”
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