Family of Washington Man Killed by Tree Toppled in Windstorm Sues

August 16, 2016

The family of a Washington state man who was killed during an intense windstorm when a tree fell on his car has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the developer of the project where the tree was located.

Jamie Fay was driving home in Gig Harbor on Aug. 29, 2015 with his 3-year-old daughter when the tree struck his vehicle. His daughter was in the back seat and wasn’t harmed.

The suit filed in Pierce County Superior Court claims the developer was negligent for failing to properly log the area and remove the tree.

The tree suffered from extensive root rot.

LawsuitThe lawsuit also claims that the tree was damaged by the use of heavy equipment clearing the land above its root system, in violation of Gig Harbor city codes.

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  • August 17, 2016 at 4:52 pm
    Rosenblatt says:
    Yay civil discourse! :) Thankfully the burden of proof is on the Plaintiff to show the developer knew, or should have known, of the hazard or that they didn't comply with city... read more
  • August 17, 2016 at 3:58 pm
    Jax Agent says:
    You are exactly right. I live in the sunny, debilitatingly humid south, and the Cypress tree is well know for its root system that is partially above ground, known as 'Cypress... read more
  • August 17, 2016 at 3:26 pm
    Rosenblatt says:
    I understand your point on root rot and agree with your sentiments; however, there's an area near me where the roots are literally busting up through the concrete and visible ... read more

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