Sharon Reese, 59, a tourist of NYC, was struck by a falling tree branch at West 86th St. and Central Park West, on June 12. Reese was left seriously injured, according to witnesses and authorities.
Sharon Reese, a 59-year-old woman from Terre Haute, Ind. Was walking with her husband in Central Park when the branch fell 30 feet and hit her on the head around 3:45pm on Tuesday, June 12. Reese suffered a broken arm and sustained a number of bumps and bruises. She was taken to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center.
This is one of many falling tree branch incidences in Central Park over the past few years. In the summer of 2009, a 33-year-old Google engineer was hit by a rotten tree branch and suffered brain and spinal injuries. Seven months later, a restaurant worker was killed. Not long after that, a 6-month-old baby was killed in her mothers arms in June 2013 when a tree branch fell on them from 30 feet above near the Central Park Zoo.
The injuries and deaths have raised concern about whether the city is doing enough to keep people safe from falling branches. In the case of the Google engineer, a park official ordered the branch that hit him be removed 20 days before it fell. There was some miscommunication with the park’s tree crew, so the branch was not removed on time.
Over the last decade, at least 10 lawsuits have been filed on behalf of victims of falling branches.
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