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City Manager: Tree that uprooted, killed woman was inspected in July 2014

One person is dead in Bond Hill after a tree uprooted and fell on a car Sunday. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Chris Lower) One person is dead in Bond Hill after a tree uprooted and fell on a car Sunday. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Chris Lower)
Police say the woman was driving down Reading Road when the tree collapsed on top of her car. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Lisa Hutson) Police say the woman was driving down Reading Road when the tree collapsed on top of her car. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Lisa Hutson)
The incident happened off Berkley Avenue and Reading Road after 4 p.m. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Lisa Hutson) The incident happened off Berkley Avenue and Reading Road after 4 p.m. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Lisa Hutson)
Crews were brought in at around 7:20 p.m. to cut the limbs of the uprooted tree off.  At that time, officials say that the victim has not been removed from the vehicle. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Lisa Hutson) Crews were brought in at around 7:20 p.m. to cut the limbs of the uprooted tree off. At that time, officials say that the victim has not been removed from the vehicle. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Lisa Hutson)
Jacqueline Carr (PHOTO: Facebook) Jacqueline Carr (PHOTO: Facebook)
BOND HILL, OH (FOX19) - A 65-year-old woman died in Bond Hill after a tree uprooted and fell on her car Sunday.

The incident happened off Berkley Avenue and Reading Road after 4 p.m.

Police say the entire tree uprooted and fell on top of Jacqueline Carr's vehicle while she was driving her 2012 Chevrolet Impala northbound on Reading Road.

"Our family is devastated but we understand when God says it's time and that she's in a better place," Carr's brother, Barry Willison, told FOX19 NOW. "Jackie was a good woman, a caring person who loved church, who loved to serve the Lord and probably lost her life coming back from church."

Leon Washington, a witness on scene, said he heard the tree fall, rushed to get the driver and said Carr passed away moments later.

"She tried to ask for help which I couldn't do. The tree weighs over thousands of pounds and it was compressed over the driver's window crushing her in the front seat," Washington said. 

Carr was pronounced dead on scene by officials.

Neighbors on scene say several trees, including the one that fell Sunday, were marked with an "X" months ago but were not removed.

"It had an X on the tree like the trees that are down my daughter's road. They have a lot of X's on them. But nobody is cutting them down," Georgia Green said.

Dead trees with weak roots she worries could claim another life without warning.

"It looked like she had just come from church and to see this happen is just sad. I want to know what are they actually going to do with the rest of the trees that got X's on them," Green said.

City Manager Harry Black says the city inspects more than 85,000 trees every six years. They looked at this particular Pin Oak tree in July of 2014.

"The tree did not demonstrate to us that it proposed an imminent danger or threat," Black said. "However, something happened this weekend. It could be weather related. a lot of moisture in the air."

The city says the tree was set for removal in just a few weeks.

Neighbors in Bond Hill say nature isn't the only one to blame.

"Who is at fault here? You really can't say an act of God because the city put an "X" on it. That lets you know that a human has awareness that there is an issue," Nikki Harrison said.

Crews were brought in at around 7:20 p.m. to cut the limbs of the uprooted tree off. At that time, Cincinnati Fire officials said they used the jaws of life after the tree was removed to pull Carr's body from the vehicle. 

On Monday the City of Cincinnati offered condolences to the family and friends of Carr. 

"The terrible accident that occurred shakes us all," said Mayor, John Cranley. "We will do everything we can to get answers in a timely manner."

Cincinnati Police's Traffic Unit says that they are investigating the crash and any witnesses are asked to call 513-352-2514.

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