‘She’s always been afraid of the tree.’ Toppled tree in Monrovia damages home, car

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Martha Martinez, a long time resident of Monrovia, heard loud, unsettling sound coming from outside her home Wednesday night.

“All of the sudden, I heard the noise. Then I saw the tree falling down,” said Martinez, who rushed out of her house as soon as she realized what was happening to check on her neighbors.  

Martinez, who called 911 to report the incident on Mountain Avenue near Foothill Boulevard, was terrified of the worst case scenario for her longtime neighbors, a husband and a wife as well as their dog. 

“We didn’t know if they were OK.”

Finally when emergency workers arrived, they went through the back of the house to rescue the two residents as well as their pet. 

The house and their van became now severely damaged by the toppled tree. The house was red-tagged, and the couple, who rents the home, had only a couple of hours to grab whatever they could. 

“She may have lost everything,” Martinez said about her neighbor. “We’re going to try to help her with whatever she needs.”

Martinez said the now-uprooted tree was a concern for people in the area, including the woman who lived in the house for a long time.

“She’s always been afraid of the tree,” Martinez said.

The city of Monrovia has been cutting branches and leaves from the tree, so they don’t interfere with the power lines overhead. 

The tree appeared to be within the homeowner’s property line.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.