.

Lakewood Man Dies After Tree Branch Lands on His Car at I-90 Exit Ramp

Michael Agnish was traveling eastbound on I-90 when he got off at Warren Road at 11:30 p.m. Friday. He died at MetroHealth several hours later.

A 37-Lakewood man died from injuries he sustained when a large tree branch fell on his vehicle on the Warren Road exit ramp off Interstate 90 late Friday night. 

Several media outlets reported that Michael Agnish was traveling eastbound on I-90 when he got off at the exit at 11:30 p.m. Friday.

While he was driving, a nearby tree branch fell on his car, and trapped him inside. 

The Plain Dealer reported Saturday that Michael Agnish died after he was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center early Saturday morning.

Cleveland police are investigating the crash.

John Palmer January 20, 2013 at 02:34 PM
This is so unfortunate. It doesn't happen often, and sometimes it is simply unpredictable. This might be a sobering reminder to people with trees to periodically have them evaluated for risk factors. I look forward to being involved with the Lakewood Tree Task Force and partnering with the city to do all we can to mitigate these types of situations if we can. John Palmer ISA Certified Arborist and Lakewood resident
Barbara Greene January 20, 2013 at 02:59 PM
I live across the street and saw a massive tree that had fallen through a fence. I had no idea someone died. This is so tragic.
pam ghaster January 20, 2013 at 11:50 PM
With the high winds........the weak limbs are falling everywhere. Rocky River has it's share of trees that need attention. Johns post about periodically having these neighborhood trees evaluated is a good idea....and I will propose this to Rocky River on Tuesday. I am very sad about this accident. pam ghaster
John Palmer January 21, 2013 at 02:36 AM
Pam, every municipality should have a tree evaluation plan in place, and probably do. The trouble is, many of these "plans" are very simplistic, like putting trees on a 3 or 4 year rotation for maintenance pruning. The problem is, trees really need yearly pruning. Budget concerns have reduced plans to just removing "dangerous" trees or branches, and attending to the remaining urban forest as they can. In a city like Lakewood (or River) there are just so many trees, cities get behind. The other issue is that many cities are eliminating their Forestry departments, and simply rolling that responsibility into the heading of the "Service" department. Too often that means that when crews are done cold asphalt patching the streets, they move on to trying to care for trees. Too often tree work is being done by crews that have had minimal training in tree care, with no Certified Arborist on staff to guide them. I can't speak to every city, but in the Arborist forums and organizations I'm involved with, those concerns are routinely mentioned.
Charlene Hall January 21, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Has anyone pointed out the fact that where this massive tree fell is in the same spot where another massive tree fell a couple of months ago and the home had extensive damage and the garage was destroyed? The other trees should have been examined at that time
Steve January 21, 2013 at 10:01 PM
You have Charlene Hall, and we thank you for that. This is happening all over Lakewood. It is not going away as it is not a priority with the city. Ahhh, but bullie dogs are, and they have killed how many people??? Wait , the answer is coming--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------...
Steve January 21, 2013 at 10:08 PM
My heart aches for this young man, just starting out. Prayers for him and his loved ones...

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something