A 45-year-old man died Sunday in Santa Cruz County after strong winds blew a large tree into a home, according to a spokesperson for the county sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s office identified the victim as Robert Brainard III.
At about 3:20 p.m. Sunday, deputies responded with fire crews to reports of a tree into a home in the 14100 block of Highway 9 in Boulder Creek, the sheriff’s official told NBC Bay Area. One person made it out of the house, but another was trapped inside.
Brainard, the resident trapped inside the home, suffered injuries from the downed tree and was later pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.