Woman killed by falling tree branch

An inquest is due to resume into the death of a woman who was hit by a falling tree branch at London’s Kew Gardens.

Erena Louise Wilson, an account manager who was originally from New Zealand, died following the incident in September last year.

Fatal head injuries

Ms Wilson, 31, was walking with friends when she was struck by a Lebanese cedar branch at the Royal Botanical Gardens. Ambulance crews attended the scene but she had died instantly from head injuries.

The Health and Safety Executive has launched an investigation into Ms Wilson’s death, which was said to have happened in wet and windy weather conditions.

Thankfully incidents such as this are rare in the UK but they can still cause
injuries and lead to compensation claims.

Inquest to resume

Ms Wilson was born in Wellington but at the time of her death she was living in Hanwell in West London. An inquest into her death is taking place at West London Coroner’s Court.

When the inquest was opened in September last year, Metropolitan Police inspector Simon Young described the scene, where statements were taken from Ms Wilson’s friends.

He said: “They stated they were walking along a path and heard a loud crack believing it was thunder or something similar to that. They looked up and saw the tree branch descending.

“They then ran and then looked back around and the lady was on the floor in an uncomfortable position, to say the least. There were lots of branches all around her.”

The coroner’s court heard that Ms Wilson was identified by her friends Sean and Tessa Britton. Her mother lives in Auckland and her father in Australia, the earlier hearing was told.

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