Spending one’s free time lying on a hammock is many people’s idea of bliss, relaxation and serenity. One woman had that in mind when she laid down in a hammock at a park in Florida, but her idea of rest turned tragic when a palm tree fell on her, killing her in the process.
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said the woman was lying in a hammock at the Egmont Key Park at around 4 p.m. on Saturday when a palm tree just fell and hit her.
The victim was identified as 20-year-old Isabel Melendez.
The Eckerd College Search and Rescue Team and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene of the incident in the hopes of rescuing Melendez. The victim was brought to Bayfront Hospital in St. Petersburg but she was later pronounced dead.
Authorities said the death does not appear to be suspicious. No other relevant information, however, on how exactly the accident happened was released.
It is a puzzle, though, how the tree could just drop without anyone noticing that it was in an unstable condition already prior to falling. It’s a wonder what was the state of the tree before whether it was swaying as a result of inclement weather or any logging or uprooting activity was going on prior to the freak accident.
It is not clear yet if the victim’s family has been informed yet, and if so, how they have reacted to the news if it reached them already. It is also not clear if anyone from the family will request any formal investigation on the death, or if they will simply accept the officials’ early assessment that there was nothing suspicious about the death.