Health Journalism

Experts say death of pregnant woman hit by falling tree in Queens park could have been prevented

WPIX 11 New York

FLUSHING, QUEENS (PIX11) – A 60 foot tree remains on the very spot it fell on Sunday in Kissena Park.

The massive tree crasheddown and killing 30-year old Yingyi Li-Dikov.

A young woman’s death tragic enough, but she also six months pregnant.

Her devastated husband  collapsed in tears this afternoon, leaving flowers, stuffed animals and candles where he lost his young wife and unborn child.

“It was something that was an accident waiting to happen,” said Beverly McDermott, president of Kissena Park Civic Association.

Regulars to this park say they have complained to the city’s Parks Department for years about the condition of a number of trees in the area.

Carsten Glaeser, lives in this part of Flushing but is also an arborist.

Upon entering the park, he almost immediately spotted an issue that could one day pose a danger to the public.

“We’re looking at a severe cavity. You…

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Lauren Keating is a freelance journalist, who specializes in health, nutrition, and fitness reporting. She is a former trends reporter for Tech Times and was previously a contributing writer for Fit Nation Magazine and covered a nutrition beat (as well as covering other miscellaneous topics) for Brooklyn News Service. She currently freelances for RunnerClick and Rockay running sites. She has a love for running and is always looking for new fitness and health trends.

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