St. Clair, PA – Kara Leo Killed, Husband Injured by Falling Branch at Boyce Mayview ParkLawPaWriter
St. Clair, PA (June 20, 2021) – On Thursday evening, June 17, a falling tree branch killed a woman and seriously injured her husband as they were hiking in Upper St. Clair’s Boyce Mayview Park.
Officials said that the South Fayette couple were walking along the Morton Ravine Trail when a falling branch hit them. EMS rushed the woman to an area medical center in critical condition but she died early Friday. Her husband sustained serious injuries and is still hospitalized, though an update on his current condition was not provided.
The victim has since been identified as 40-year-old Kara A. Leo, a pastry chef and the owner of Kara Kakes in Mt. Lebanon.
The accident remains under investigation, and officers are working with park officials to look into the incident.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Kara Leo. Our thoughts are with her husband in hopes of a full recovery.
Wrongful Death Incidents in Pennsylvania
Officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) report that more than 100 landscape and tree fall fatalities occur every year across the country. Though these accidents may occur less often than car wrecks or other contributors to severe injuries and fatalities, they are devastating all the same. This is particularly true when a fatality occurs as a result of a preventable accident.
The aftermath of these dangerous accidents in Pennsylvania can turn your life upside-down, especially if you have suffered the enormous loss of a loved one. Property owners and proprietors of public spaces should ensure that their land, as well as any areas that see a high amount of foot traffic, is safe. However, these accidents still occur due to the recklessness of others. As you grieve the unexpected loss of your loved one, you may wonder how you will move forward while coping with sudden expenses and emotional trauma. Thankfully, you have legal options and should consult a dedicated Pennsylvania wrongful death attorney, who will be on your side as you fight for your rights and your loved one’s rights.
At Edelstein Martin & Nelson, our accident attorneys aggressively defend and protect the rights of victims and their families after their involvement in an accident that has occurred through no fault of their own. We believe that you have every right to hold a party liable for the harm that they have caused you and your family. Our attorneys will assist you along the often-problematic path toward securing your fair, full compensation to cover your losses, from expensive medical bills and lost income to funeral costs or pain and suffering.
If you’ve sustained serious injuries in an accident caused by the negligent actions of another party or lost a loved one as a result of a preventable accident, it’s essential that you retain a strong legal advocate as soon as possible. Please reach out to our accident attorney in Pennsylvania at (215) 731-9900 to schedule a free, no-hassle consultation for more information. We are here to help you and your family during this stressful time.
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