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Falling Tree Kills Pregnant Woman in NYC Park
Yingyi Li-Dikov, 30, dead on arrival at Queens hospital
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Aug 5, 2013 9:16 AM CDT
A pregnant woman was hit by a falling tree in Queens.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A 60-foot oak tree crashed onto a New York City woman who was sitting on a bench in a Queens park last night, killing her before she reached the hospital. Making the tragic story even crueler: 30-year-old Yingyi Li-Dikov was 6 months pregnant. A witness describes an awful scene to the New York Post: "There was just so much blood. The tree just crushed her." Li-Dikov was a Chinese immigrant who graduated from Ithaca College in 2009 and was married last year, the New York Daily News reports.

"I don’t think I’ll find another girl like her. I know I won't," says her husband. They were expecting a girl. The incident in Queens' Kissena Park is the latest in a string of similar accidents in the city, says an NYC parks advocate, who cites at least a dozen injuries tied to falling tree branches in the past two months. (Here's one such example.) It's time to improve local tree maintenance, says state Sen. Tony Avella. "You can't keep saying it’s an act of God." (Sadly, it's not the first tragedy in recent days to befall a pregnant woman.)

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Aug 7, 2013 8:13 PM CDT
I've seen this in cases before. I think they called it "Forest for the trees" scenario. Usually it involves a neighbor's tree falling on a car, fence, house, bike, pool, power drop. First of all, the takeaway is to pay to have a registered/certified arborist inspect all your trees capable of doing such damage. Yearly is fine unless a notation is made on the inspection report. That will keep you on the up side of most suits because nature being nature trees fail. NYC would need to show an arborist checks trees in the park that can be a hazard to patrons. But case law may be on its side because trees do fail. If there is no external indications the tree was diseased, then how do you collect? But cities like NYC maintain a huge indemnity fund. The lady's family may insist on just funeral expenses. But they will most likely lawyer up and then it will go to full courtroom fruition where case law will be dredged up. Her family is better off taking a settlement.
Aug 5, 2013 11:14 PM CDT
hope someone sues and wins big time!!!!! rip!
Aug 5, 2013 8:02 PM CDT
Trees get old and become weak and diseased. They must be maintained and checked out often when in yards and parks. Maple trees are really susceptible to this happening and, yes, I did read it was an oak.