84-year-old motorist killed when tree crashes onto his minivan

FALLBROOK – An 84-year-old motorist was killed today when a large roadside tree toppled onto his minivan as he was driving on a rural North County road.

The roughly 80-foot-tall oak crashed down on the northbound 2007 Toyota Siena in the 2200 block of Willow Glen Road in Fallbrook shortly before 8:30 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

The driver, whose name was withheld pending family notification, died at the scene, CHP public-affairs Officer Jim Bettencourt said.

It was unclear if the tree fell due to weather conditions or for some other reason, Bettencourt said. Crews had to use chainsaws to cut it apart so it could be removed from the crumpled vehicle.

The road remained closed in the area as of midday.

4 Responses to "84-year-old motorist killed when tree crashes onto his minivan"

  1. Denise   January 10, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Goodbye George. This town will never be the same without you. You were a big part of the community and also one of my best friends. I’ll miss you. Say hi to Mom.

  2. Carole Masson   January 10, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Condolences to George’s wife, Gail and to his sons Jeff and Chris. They were the best neighbors and good friends…..May he rest in peace. Sending love from the Massons

  3. Christine C Schouten   January 11, 2017 at 11:55 am

    My condolences to the family.

  4. Ray (the real one)   January 11, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Fallbrook really needs to deal with these tree problems. I know they are beautiful but can be deadly. The County of San Diego and these “hillie” home owners need to be responsible for their trees.


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