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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Woman struck by fallen tree at Highland Dog Park

Highland Dog Park, where a woman was struck by a falling tree Tuesday morning/Google

Update: This story has been updated to include comments from the city's Assistant City Administrator and Director of General Services, Ron Dill.

Reports are coming in that a woman was struck by a falling tree at the Highland Dog Park in Highland Park Tuesday morning.

According to officials, the incident occurred around 8 a.m. this morning, while the woman was standing in the dog park. She was taken to St. Elizabeth-Fort Thomas. Her injuries are not life-threatening, but are severe, including several broken bones.

She is currently in the surgical ICU center at UC. She was able to call police because her cell phone was in her pocket and she was able to reach it.

Ron Dill, the city's Assistant City Administrator and Director of General Services, part of whose duties includes overseeing park maintenance, described the tree as "basically branchless," and reported that the tree's trunk snapped roughly 6-8 feet above the ground.

"We periodically check all of our parks throughout the year for trees that need addressed," Dill explained to FTM over the phone Tuesday afternoon. "We also walk the fall zones periodically. Sometimes we receive tips from residents about trees that we need to look at."

City workers removed the fallen pieces of the tree from the vicinity, and also investigated nearby trees for other signs of damage or impending damage.

The woman's dog sustained no injuries, and is being cared for by Animal Control while the woman receives treatment.

The victim's name has not been released.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Any residents who see trees that appear to need attention from the city are encouraged to report them to General Services, by calling the city's administrative offices, at 859-441-1055.


  1. I have personally called the city numerous times about these trees. Only a matter of time before something like this happened. I hope this woman sues.

  2. What the heck?!? How could the city let this happen? I have also called, Ken. The lady told me she would take care of this. Is this what our tax dollars are paying for??!?

  3. Somebody always looking to make a quick dollar. As traumatizing as it might be, this is something that is out of the city's control given all of the rain and storms we have had recently. I think our city does a more than fabulous job. @ Robin Boekmann, what do you mean? How could the city let this happen? The city did not do it on purpose, it is clearly an accident. If you really think our tax dollars are paying for trees to accidentally fall on someone you are sadly mistaken. @ Ken Manning, suggesting that you hope this woman sues tells me that you really do not care about our tax dollars!!!!

  4. Listen, I am a fiscal conservative, but this lady is entitled to a payout if the city was notified about these hazards. I have made calls to the city before and I am not alone. We need city staff that care about our public safety… not what "makes us feel safe."

  5. @Ken Manning, what if this woman was walking her dog on the sidewalk in front of your house and a tree from your yard fell on her. Is she still entitled to money? The city does what they need to in order to ensure the safety of the general public. Granted, this is unfortunate for this lady, but it is an accident. Would you still be telling her to sue if it were your tree that fell on the sidewalk as she was walking by?

  6. If I was notified about the danger I was causing and did nothing, then yes. That's the definition of negligence.

    1. you are an idiot. How many trees are in that park? and how many are dead? and how many are outside the park that could fall inside the park?and how many are half dead? and how many can withstand drought and wind and rain saturation? the point is you can never know what outside forces mother nature can inflict to cause a tree to fall. Perfectly healthy trees can fall after drought then rain saturation that show no signs of decay it happens everyday including in FT THOMAS

    2. If you read the article, it says that the tree was "branchless." To me that would indicate serious disease and therefore a pretty easy case can be made that that tree should have been taken down.

      There's really no need for name calling. Honestly the moderators shouldn't allow those comments to be published.