Driver killed when 50-foot tree falls...

Driver killed when 50-foot tree falls on car in Costa Mesa [Updated]

There are 3 comments on the Los Angeles Times story from Sep 15, 2011, titled Driver killed when 50-foot tree falls on car in Costa Mesa [Updated]. In it, Los Angeles Times reports that:

A 50-foot eucalyptus tree fell on a car at 17th Street and Irvine Avenue in Costa Mesa on Thursday afternoon, killing a woman in the car in what appeared to be a freak accident.

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United States

#1 Sep 15, 2011
Omg, this was so horrible. I still cant get this picture out of my head. She was alive and talking when we ran to the car to see that she was okay. and watching the attempt to rescue her, when everything just went in reverse. God be with her and her family

Palm Springs, CA

#2 Sep 16, 2011
I was not there when this happened but I was very close by. I spoke to witnesses who were there immediately after the tree fell and watched the whole rescue. Their stories matched exactly with a lady interviewed on the news who also apparently saw the whole thing.
I am saddened by this tragedy and my heart goes out to the poor womenís loved ones. I am however appalled at the comment on the 11:00 news from Jennifer Shultz of the Newport Beach Fire Department. All of the witnesses had the exact same story which she denied. The woman was waiting at a stoplight and ducked under her dash and took cover as she saw the tree falling. She was still alive and talking to witnesses immediately after this happened.
Witnesses all said that fire fighters were attempting a rescue when something happened to the tree as they were initially lifting it. The tree shifted and fell back on the car in a different position. This is when the woman was crushed to death. An hour later they got a crane that was able to lift the tree but the woman was dead by then.
I donít know if there was equipment failure, human error or simply another freak accident that caused the tree to shift and fall again but the fire department is adamantly denying that this even happened. Jennifer (from fire dept) insists that the tree fell only the once Ė no dropping during the rescue. She denied the stories that the tree shifted and fell again. I guess that the city doesnít want to be sued. This in itself makes them look guilty to me, like they must have made a mistake. I donít know how long their story is going to hold up because there appeared to be quite a few witnesses all with a matching story that was very different than that of the fire department.
I would love to hear from somebody who was there. This is really sad already without the poor family being lied to by authorities.

United States

#3 Sep 16, 2011
Wow I wish I saw it come down! I could have put it on the web for $$.

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