Investigation: Tree that Fatally Injured MN Woman had Decay

Posted at: 07/09/2013 4:41 PM
Updated at: 07/09/2013 5:59 PM
By: Leslie Dyste

Authorities are releasing new details after a tree fell, killing an Eden Prairie woman Friday.

Fifty-six-year-old Nina Mackay was walking her two dogs on a path when the tree fell, fatally injuring her.

According to the City of Eden Prairie, the Eden Prairie Parks and Recreation Department is working closely with police and the League of Minnesota Cities to investigate why the tree fell.

The preliminary investigation reveals the tree, which was about 30 inches in diameter and about 90-years-old, appeared to be healthy from the outside with no obvious signs of disease. However, the tree's interior indicates the base of the tree had been compromised by decay.

Mackay's husband, who did not want to talk on camera, told KSTP his wife had a passion for her family, fitness and her dogs.

"We lost her doing the things shoe loved, exercising her dogs with a walk in the park," according to a statement released by the family.

The city says it has one full-time Forestry Technician and two seasonal tree inspectors who seek out diseased and hazardous trees for removal. There is also a full-time Trail Crew Lead who maintains trails and identifies hazardous trees for removal.

With thousands of trees in the city, public observations are helpful to city staff. The city is encouraging residents to report tree concerns. Click here to make a report.