Woman killed by fallen tree named

The tree on Arawa Street which came down in the storm, killing a woman in her car. - Photo: Google Maps

The woman died after a tree fell on her car in the Bay of Plenty has been officially named.

Trisha Butterworth died a tree fell on her car on Amohia Street, Rotorua, on January 5.

Police say Trisha was a 56-year-old woman from Rotorua.

“Police extends their sympathies to her family during this tragic time.

“Police continue to make enquiries on behalf of the Coroner.”

Trisha died after a 150-year-old oak tree fell on her car during a storm on Friday.

In a statement released after her dead, Rotorua Lakes Council acting chief executive Craig Tariana said a local tree specialist had raised concerns about it in recent months.

As a result, the council had inspected the tree and bracing on it was replaced, and some branches were cut.

The tree is listed as a notable tree, and was planted in the early 1880s by Reverend Frederick Spencer.

Read more here.

1 Comment

They knew

Posted on 09-01-2018 12:33 | By MISS ADVENTURE

Council knew and patched the tree up, obviously an old tree that is known to be at risk of failure is a hazard to all the public and should have been delat with in a positive and pro-active manner. Now I guess the tree will be whacked and gone? Bit late if you ask me, but they will all walk away! Where is OSH when you actually need them!

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