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.
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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.