What was supposed to be a cause for celebration took a dramatic turn when a woman was killed by a falling tree at her own daughter’s wedding last week on December 17th. The deceased’s family has now hired a civil attorney to advise them on the proceedings, said a law firm spokesman.
Earlier this week, on December 20th, Margarita Mojarro’s family a released an official statement via their attorney in which the members expressed their anguish caused by the unfortunate series of events that led to the 61-year-old victim’s death at Penn Park in Whittier. At the same time, the deceased’s family took the opportunity to ask for privacy, as well.
“What started as a happy day for our family ended in terrible sadness”, reads the statement.
The release goes to add that the family members are still in the dark as to what might have caused the terrible accident. Also, the note ends with the deceased’s family expressing their gratitude for the community’s support and “outpouring love”, at the same time asking for their privacy to be respected, nonetheless.
Margarita Mojarro was killed at her daughter’s wedding party when a massive eucalyptus tree collapsed on top of her. While nothing could be done for Ms. Mojarro, several other participants managed to escape with their lives after sustaining minor injuries. Among the victims, there was also a 4-year-old girl present at the wedding party. She is now out of any danger. Given the fact that the accident occurred on public land, the family is entitled to pursue legal civil action against the city. However, the deceased’s family did not mention this aspect in the statement.
The Whittier mayor, Joe Vinatieri also released an official statement in relation to the unfortunate incident. Among the apologies addressed to the victim’s family he also said that the community’s “thoughts and prayers” go to the people involved in the accident.
Penn Park has been closed by local authorities until the cause of the accident is identified. With the investigation coming close to an end, the city officials say that the rest of the trees are stable and do not pose an immediate danger to public safety. According to the investigators, Saturday’s failure could have been caused by substantial rainwater that flooded the park only a couple of days before the accident.
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