A Kitsap County woman died on a sledding outing at Lake Wenatchee State Park yesterday when strong winds knocked down a tree, striking her and...
LAKE WENATCHEE A Kitsap County woman died on a sledding outing at Lake Wenatchee State Park yesterday when strong winds knocked down a tree, striking her and narrowly missing her 2-year-old daughter.
Jaime L. Tull, 24, of Olalla, was hit by branches of the dead pine tree that fell shortly after noon yesterday. Winds at the time exceeded 40 mph.
Witnesses said that Tull was sledding with family and friends on a hill near the park’s group camp, said Chelan County Sheriff Mike Harum. She had stopped to sit down at the top of the hill with her daughter when the tree fell, striking Tull but missing the girl, Harum said.
Emergency personnel arrived at the park minutes later. Tull was conscious but having difficult breathing, and she died in the ambulance en route to the hospital, Harum said.
No one else was injured.
Harum said the tree that fell had been marked for removal because it was dead.
Strong winds buffeted much of North Central Washington from about 11 a.m. yesterday and through much of the night, said Jeffrey Cote, meteorologist for the National Weather Service.