Residents of Arnold, a small mountain community near the Bear Valley ski resort, were devastated by the death of an 8-year-old girl who was crushed in her sleep Sunday morning when a 100-foot tree crashed onto her house.
• A 100-foot-tall tree was uprooted during a storm and crashed onto a neighboring home.
• The tree fell into a sleeping child’s bedroom and crushed her in her bed.
• The 8-year-old girl did not survive. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
• The tree was growing on someone else’s property.
Ebbetts Pass Fire officials told the Stockton Record they were dispatched to the scene on the 2700 block of Moran Road at 6:27 a.m.
A tree, which was about 100 feet tall and almost three feet in diameter, fell across a creek from a neighboring lot after a night of heavy snow.
Battalion Chief Ron Getter said the tree was completely uprooted from the creek and crashed down through the roof of the single-story house, through a loft area, and into the child’s bedroom. The tree landed on 8-year-old Haley Verzani’s upper body and pinned her to her bed.
Ebbetts Pass Fire District Chief David Baugher said rescue crews had to call in heavy equipment to lift the tree off the house, according to an Associated Press report. It took at least an hour to move the tree, Baugher said.
“We used the jaws of life and other rescue equipment to move the tree and get to the child,” Baugher told Fox 40 News.
Haley did not survive. The second-grader at Hazel Fischer Elementary School was pronounced dead at the scene.
The child’s mother, Lindsey Jacoby, was at home with her boyfriend when the tree fell, but neither of them suffered injuries. They were being counseled by chaplains, Getter said.
Verzani’s family told Fox 40 they noticed the towering pine tree was leaning and looked like it was about to fall, but they didn’t know what to do about it because it was growing on someone else’s property.
“We just didn’t know it was going to fall on her like that,” said Kim Christopher, one of the victim’s cousins.
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