Woman killed, 2 injured as tree falls on car near Renton
RENTON, Wash. -- A 33-year-old Renton woman was killed and her 33-year-old sister was seriously injured during Monday's wind storm when a tree fell on a car near Renton.
The 4-year-old daughter of the deceased woman was in the back seat of the car but suffered only minor injuries.
The woman who died was the driver. She and her sister were both trapped inside the car by the fallen tree, and rescuers had to cut the tree off the car and then cut through the car roof to free them.
The injured sister sustained leg injuries and possible internal injuries. She was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The young girl was taken to Valley Medical Center.
Neighbors who heard the crash in the 15900 block of Southeast 179th Street helped rescue the girl until first responders arrived on the scene, but they were unable to reach the two women in the front seat.
"Some neighbors had heard it, run out, saw the accident, and had taken the small child that was in the back seat out of the car and she was alert and conscious and talking with deputies," said Sgt. Jason Houck, King County Sheriff's Office.
"There was a big snap and then sirens started coming," said Mari Wilkins, who lives nearby. "Life is just precious. You just never know what’s gonna happen."
Deputies told KOMO News they believe the two women and the girl may live in the neighborhood, deputies said.
"You think kids and possibly parents in that car. Yeah, it is a pretty horrible situation," Houck said.