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Teen Critically Injured by Falling Tree Limb

9:57 PM, Jun 28, 2011   |    comments
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Video: Teen Critically Injured by Falling Tree Limb

  • 15-year-old Aubrey Stewart

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  A limb from a tree marked by the city to be trimmed fell on a teen, critically injuring him.
Aubrey Stewart, 15, remains at Shands Hospital.

"The only thing I could do was try and get my son from up under the tree," said Joe Stewart.

Aubrey Stewart was standing beside the family car Monday their home on Dyal Street when the limb snapped and fell. It took Aubrey's father and neighbors several minutes to pull him out.

His ripped clothing is still hanging on a fence nearby.

"He was right here, pinned up under the trees.  Neighbors helped me get him out," said Joe Stewart.

Aubrey's uncle Ken Stewart said the family has called the city numerous times to complain about falling limbs, worrying that someone's property would be damaged, or worse, someone would be hurt.

"And for him to be potentially paralyzed, to be injured like he is," said a tearful Ken Stewart. "It's just been falling off piece by piece and they'll come out and look at it and say yup, it's damaged. It needs to be done but they don't do it."

There's an orange circle spray painted on the tree by the city that shows it was marked to be trimmed, but not in time to prevent Aubrey's injuries.
"Through the household of faith, we'll be praying," said Ken Stewart.

Joe Stewart prays for his son's recovery but can't help but wonder why this had to happen in the first place. "Hopefully, we'll get some answers or results," he said.

The city of Jacksonville issued a statement in response to the incident:

"The situation is very unfortunate.  We certainly wish the young man who was injured a full recovery and are currently investigating the issue....We decline the opportunity to comment further at this time."

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