The tree branch had been rotten and in danger of falling for some time, the city Parks Department admitted after the accident.
NBC reporter Gabe Pressman called on the District Attorney to investigate the latest tree death in Central Park.
This latest incident in Central Park comes a few weeks after two young brothers in Little Neck Queens were hurt when a rotted tree limb crashed onto a car with the brothers inside. The condition of the tree had been reported to the City according to reports.
"Neighbors were left to wonder why this accident had to happened after they had previously told the city the tree was dangerous."
– By Geoffrey Croft
Authorities have failed to swiftly remove killer trees from Central Park, claims the family of a man crushed to death in February by a falling limb, according to the New York Post.
A decayed American elm was marked as dangerous weeks before one of its snow-laden branches fell on the head of Elmaz Qyra, 46, an Albanian immigrant and married father of two walking through the park Feb. 25 after finishing his busboy shift at the New York Athletic Club, a lawsuit alleges.
Elmaz Qyra, 46, an Albanian immigrant who lived in Brooklyn, had two teenagers: Erisa, 18, and Kleo, 14.
The Central Park Conservancy inspected tree No. 5140 this past Dec. 13, labeling its dangling branches and deteriorated condition as "Priority 1 Immediate Attention," according to court papers.
The high-powered Conservancy, which controls most of the maintenance for the city's most famous green space, again marked the tree near East 67th Street for removal on Jan. 13. But it never followed through, court papers claim.
A month later, the Brooklyn dad was fatally struck.
It was the second time in less than a year that someone was badly hurt by a falling Central Park tree limb. In July 2009, Google engineer Sasha Blair-Goldensohn was left with brain and spinal cord damage when a four-inch thick branch near West 64th Street fell on him.