Thursday, July 23, 2015

Tree Branch Injures Teen In Brooklyn Playground


By Geoffrey Croft

A 19-year-old male was struck in the head by a large tree branch in a Brooklyn playground, NYC Park Advocates has learned.

The incident occurred yesterday at 12:55pm at West Playground on Avenue Z, and West 1st Street near Coney Island.

The teen was transported bleeding with "multiple trauma" injuries to Coney Island Hospital according to EMS.

The incident occurred just two days after two young boys were struck by a tree branch in the Bronx.

On June 15, a tree branch fell on a 65-year-old man in Thomas Jefferson Park in Manhattan causing lacerations to his leg. 

NYC Park Advocates has been calling for a dramatic increase in tree inspections by licensed professionals and a budget allocation for tree maintenance. The taxpayers are being forced to spend money on settlements as a result of tree injuries instead of preventing the accidents from happening in the first place.  

A tree reporting bill (S1028) sponsored by State Senator Tony Avella has stalled in the Senate. 

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