OAKLAND, California. – At least four people in California have killed as decaying trees have snapped in the past 16 months, including an Oakland teenager whose family is suing the city over his death in December last while he climbed up a tree.
The lawsuit filed Monday by the parents of 16-year-old Jack Lewis claims that the tree was marked for removal, because it was kill or die, but the officials of the city cannot be removed until after the death.
The boy’s father, Michael Lewis, said it was “very difficult” to get through a Christmas without their son.
The family lawyer, John Hotels, said shortly after the incident that Oakland city officials told the Lewis family that the tree may have been cut earlier, but arborists have many trees in the holes.
A spokesman for the city attorney’s office said Tuesday the office could not comment because officials had not yet seen the lawsuit.