Fairfield Township woman struck, killed by tree

Meredith Wilkie
Meredith Wilkie

PORTSMOUTH, OH (FOX19) - A Butler County woman who was camping in southern Ohio was struck and killed by a tree during Wednesday's severe storms.

A spokeswoman with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources says Meredith Wilkie, 24, was struck by a falling tree while she was sitting in a tent at Shawnee State Forest in Scioto County.

Wilkie had reportedly been hiking with her boyfriend since Sunday. The boyfriend heard the tree crack and went out to investigate, then the tree uprooted and fell on the tent. The tree was a 70-foot red oak.

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Thursday, people that knew Meredith are stunned by the news.

"She'd do anything you'd ask her to do," said Mark Wineberg, Wilkie's soccer coach at Fairfield High School. "Just a wonderful kid. Intelligent, kept us loose, very funny."

MarkWineberg was Meredith's coach for four years. He says Meredith was an active kid, participating in soccer and band, she also was a great student.

"We had a district championship with her, and a district runner up with her, and a GMC championship with her," said Wineberg.  "So by her actions and by her play she led the team and did an outstanding job for us."

Meredith's family and friend, Andrew Roland who witnessed the tragic accident didn't want to be interviewed.

Meredith Wilkie was an only child and many used the words energetic and enthusiastic to describe the 24-year-old.

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