By Mike Sherman
We have talked about guns, the pros and cons of having one, shootings in state campgrounds (rangers killing bad guys and bad guys shooting at hikers), in addition to natural hazards that can invade our peaceful campsite like tornadoes or floods.
But there is also a silent killer that rears its ugly head from time to time, and we need a reminder to look up when we pull into our campsite. Are there dead trees around? Do the limbs look healthy? In this circumstance we are going to look at, the weather was not that great. This story is a heartbreaker.
Girl, 3, killed by falling tree branch at New Jersey campground, state police say
July 8, 2019 (Source: Fox News)
A three-year-old girl was killed after a tree branch fell at a campground in New Jersey on Saturday, striking the child, state police said. Investigators were still trying to determine what caused the tree branch to fall at the southern New Jersey campground but said strong storms were passing through Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, in Elmer, N.J., on Saturday, Sgt. First Class Jeff Flynn told Fox News.
Flynn said the girl has been identified as Ellys Martinez of the Bronx, N.Y., adding that she was inside a tent with other people when the tree branch fell. Police said the girl was rushed to a hospital, and doctors pronounced her dead soon after she arrived. “It’s an unusual circumstance where a tree branch falls on a child and kills a child,” Flynn told Fox News. “It’s just a tragedy.”
He added, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.” A representative with Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. Flynn said no other injuries were reported.
Obviously the lesson here is don’t camp in a tent if the weather is getting ugly. We never know the condition or strength of trees around us, and the condition of the limbs. Our heart aches for the family of this little girl.
Spread the word … be safe … look up when parking.
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Mike Sherman is a retired street cop and investigator with 30+ years of RV experience as a traveler, camp host and all-around advocate for the joys of living on the road. His articles are for general discussion purposes only – you should always consult your local authorities or legal counsel for specific answers if necessary. Write him at MikeShermanPI@gmail.com if you have questions, or leave a comment below.
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