AN OAK TREE fell on a pick-up truck driven by 48-year-old Bryan VanDeventer of Shingle Springs, killing the driver in an accident on Green Valley Road just east of Ponderosa Road on Tuesday morning. The passenger, in the back seat, was not injured and was picked up from the scene by his mother. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene


Fallen tree kills driver, passenger unharmed

By From page A1 | December 05, 2012

A man was pronounced dead at the scene after a tree fell on his pickup truck while taking a male juvenile passenger to school Tuesday morning.

While driving westbound on Green Valley Road at about 40 mph at about 8 a.m. — witnesses said the man was taking his passenger to Rescue Elementary School — a “two-to-three foot tree” fell on the cabin of his white Ford F-150, said CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson, and “trapped the occupants inside.”

The tree was a large oak tree, Cuthbertson later said, that fell from the north shoulder. The driver took evasive action “and steered away from the tree, but was unable to avoid it,” Cuthbertson said. The tree crushed the cabin, causing fatal injuries to the driver but leaving the boy passenger unharmed. The male juvenile was of no relation, neither son nor stepson, Cuthbertson said.

The man, later identified as Bryan VanDeventer, 48, of Shingle Springs, was pronounced dead at 8:32 a.m., Cuthbertson said.

Cole Mayer

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