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Tree branch kills woman on shore path



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May 16, 2012 | 07:42 AM
WILLIAMS BAY — A 61-year-old woman was killed Thursday when a tree branch fell on her as she was walking along the shore path in Williams Bay.

Jane Westmas, Darien, a retired Traver School teacher, was walking along the shore path with her adult son, Jason, in the Conference Point area at around 2 p.m. when the accident occurred. Creekside Tree Service, Crystal Lake, Ill., was trimming a tree. As they were trimming a branch fell onto Westmas.

Williams Bay Police arrived on the scene and performed first aid, and shortly there after Medix arrived on the scene and also provided assistance.

Westmas was transported to Mercy Medical Center where she was pronounced dead by medical staff.

Williams Bay Police Chief Robert Pruessing said he didn't believe there were any barriers or caution flags warning pedestrians of the tree work.

Three men were reportedly working for the tree service.

"I think what they had was three people on scene and one guy was supposed to be pedestrian control," Pruessing said.

Pruessing said Jane and Jason had parked downtown and were planning on walking the shorepath.

After the accident, police questioned all the employees of the tree service and Jason. Pruessing said the police will not be perusing this as a criminal matter.

"Pretty much everything was explored. Everyone was questioned with what they saw and what they did," Pruessing said.

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