September 30, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The parents of a camp counselor crushed to death by a falling tree near Yosemite National Park are suing Pacific Gas & Electric and the camp's arborist.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports the family of 21-year-old Annais Rittenberg contends the arborist and a tree contractor for the utility were negligent.
An 80-foot oak near power lines fell onto benches at Camp Tawonga in Tuolumne County on July 3. Four other women were injured.
The suit, filed Wednesday in San Francisco, contends the tree was in a "zone of grave danger," and inspectors should have known it was dangerously weak.
A PG&E spokeswoman says the utility hadn't received the suit and had no comment. The Chronicle reports the tree-inspection companies were unavailable for comment.
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