Freak Accident: Falling Tree Kills Woman in Car

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YUBA COUNTY–

Instead of towering beautifully over the Lake Francis Grange in Dobbins, intense wind turned a ponderosa pine into something ugly Thursday morning – a killer.

“We were thinking what a freak accident and how unfortunate for the people that were in the car,”said Cal Fire Captain David Davis.

Davis spent his morning trying to free those people – two women – from the 1970 Nova that ended up parked underneath a 30-foot tree tip as it fell.

Fifty-two-year-old Sherri Pesich of Oregon House was in the passenger seat and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Terri Hunter, an advocate who was prepping for a food giveaway at the Grange, survived the initial impact in the driver’s seat.

“The roof was crushed down towards the seats of the car,” said Davis.

But, with the Jaws of Life, Davis and others were able to cut Hunter out from under the weight of the pine.

She was conscious during the rescue, trying to connect with those around her.

“She seemed a little out of it. She was talking but she wasn’t making a lot of sense, ” said Davis.

Hunter was airlifted to the trauma center at Sutter Hospital in Roseville. Her condition was not available Thursday night.

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