TUSTIN (CBSLA) — A woman was killed Monday after a large tree fell on her car in Tustin.
Firefighters were called to a technical rescue around 9:15 a.m. at the Waterstone apartments – located at 14465 Red Hill in Tustin – where they found a large, 40-foot eucalyptus tree had crushed the driver’s side of a gray Toyota sedan.
Dennet O. Bermas, 34, had been backing her car out of the carport when she was crushed in the driver’s seat.
The victim lived at the apartment complex where the accident happened, said Carrie Braun of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
Neighbor Danny McCabe, who said he tried to get to the woman and help her before realizing that live wires behind the car made it impossible for him to do anything, said the winds in Tustin that morning were incredibly strong.
“Pushed me so hard, I was almost walking backwards when I was walking my dog,” he said.
Earlier that morning, also in Tustin, a woman was briefly trapped by a fallen tree limb while she was on a walk with her husband. She suffered a non-life threatening injury.
Gusty winds overnight and into the morning have been bringing down trees and causing power outages all over Southern California. A Red Flag warning is in effect for most of the region.
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