An example of an uprooted, fallen tree. Photo via OnScene.TV.
An example of an uprooted, fallen tree. Photo via OnScene.TV.

A woman who says she was struck and severely hurt when a tree fell upon her as she walked a child to school in 2016 is suing the city of Walnut.

Elena Ramos’ Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit alleges negligence and dangerous condition of public property. The suit seeks unspecified damages.

Walnut City Hall is closed Friday and no one there could be reached for comment.

Ramos’ suit states the incident occurred as she was escorting a student to Westhoff Elementary School on Dec. 16, 2016.

“Ramos heard a noise on the hill to her left and before she had time to react was struck by a large tree which uprooted without warning, fell over and landed across the sidewalk and pavement of Amar Road,” the suit states.

The city improperly maintained the landscaping so as to limit the chances that the trees would uproot and fall on pedestrians such as Ramos, the suit alleges.

Ramos has suffered pain, anguish and suffering and incurred medical costs, the suit states.

–City News Service

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