Clipped From Asbury Park Press
Official's death BRICK TOWNSHIP - The death Friday of Wall Township official Ralph D. Allen has been ruled accidental by police and the Ocean County medical examiner. Allen, 65, died of a massive cranial hemorrhage, according to the office of the examiner, Dr. Walter E. Corrigan. Police said they believe Allen was struck by a tractor accessory while working on a five-acre five-acre five-acre farm he and his brother rented here. Allen served as sub-code sub-code sub-code building inspector inspector and code enforcement officer in Wall Township and lived on Ramshorn Drive there. Detective Robert Sullivan said Allen was killed while attempting to either connect connect or disconnect a fertilizing attachment to a tractor. The attachment apparently fell, gashing the back of his head, Sullivan added. termed accident The farm at 1191 Sally Ike Road is owned by Emma McCormick, who declined to comment on the accident. Allen worked on the farm in his spare time, his brother said. Sullivan said Allen went to the farm about 10 a.m. Friday. When he had not returned returned from the fields about 5:30 p.m., Mrs. McCormick became worried and asked a neighbor to look for him, the detective said. The neighbor, Mrs. Carol Percy, 1189 Sally Ike Road, found Allen lying next to the tractor. - Sullivan said the tractor apparently ran out of gas because the ignition key was left on. E. Herbert Allen, Herbertsville Road, said his brother was preparing to fertilize an asparagus patch. They grew mostly vegetables and flowers, he said.