Tree branch kills Lakeside woman

By Stephanie Claytor

Published 07/24 2014 06:37PM

Updated 07/24 2014 11:06PM

A fallen tree branch claimed the life of a Shreveport woman. Connie Wilson, 64, died around 7:40 p.m. Wednesday, after being struck by a tree, according to Chief Deputy Joe Johnson with the Caddo Parish Coroner’s Office.

The tragedy happened around 6:00 p.m. in the 1900 block of Weinstock Street. Neighbors said Wilson was returning from the corner store when the storm winds picked up, and the branch fell on top of her. They said she heard the crack, and turned and walked the other way, right in the path of the falling limb.

"It knocked her out. She just was lying there,” said Judy Lewis.


"After they told me that the tree hit her in the top here, I said nope, she aint gone make it,” said Edward Anderson.


She was transported to University Health, where she died in the emergency room. Her family said she had injuries to her skull, stomach, and legs.

“I'm just going to miss her personality and sweet smile,” said Rashima McMillon.  “Those pretty dimples. She was a loving, caring person. Funny. Always made you laugh. Just a sweet person. "


Wilson was well known in this Lakeside neighborhood.


"She was, she was an outgoing person” said Marlo Henderson. “She spoke when everybody was speaking, she always speak. But never bothered nobody.”


"She was a good woman,” said Edward Anderson. “Everybody enjoyed talking to her."


Now her family and neighbors want the rest of the tree limbs hanging over the street to be cut down. When public works crews came to clean up the debris, they left two branches hanging over the street. Wilson’s sister Joyce said that is unacceptable. She addressed the crews about leaving the old tree in that condition and they told her, "We have to get a release from the homeowner to take down the tree." They said the tree branch came from a tree that was on the vacant lot behind it, private property.


 Neighbors said this is the second tree to fall on the street. Many said they’re afraid to walk outside.


“I had been calling and calling and letting them know that its trees, you can see trees hanging over, trees is falling, and still nothing has been done about it,” said Marlo Henderson.


“Whether the city or the landlords, they need to get it taken care of,” said Johnnie Gay.

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