Monday, August 18, 2008

Tree falls on Myrtle, injuring woman

A 20-foot tree was uprooted today from a sloping Queens street, where it fell and seriously injured a woman, officials said.

Parents and their children were enjoying a street fair along Myrtle Avenue in Ridgewood, where they heard a loud crackling sound. Seconds later, the tree fell striking a woman in the head.


The incident happened at approximately 4:35 p.m. at Fresh Pond Road and Myrtle Avenue.

CPR was given when those who rushed to help noticed the woman, identified as Donna Ripkey, was not breathing. She was reportedly unconscious when first responders arrived. The 38-year-old was rushed to Wyckoff Hospital in critical condition.

Woman critical after tree falls


georgetheatheist said...

Shit happens.

italian girl said...

Is that what you'd tell her family who's probably sitting in her hospital room crying right now?

cgl1970 said...

Maybe it should have Been Georgette standing under that tree. you should be ashamed of yourself.

Anonymous said...


georgetheatheist said...

Italian girl: "Is that what you'd tell her family who's probably sitting in her hospital room crying right now?"

No, if I were there, I'd offer my sympathy to their plight. She is probably indeed, as the videotape says, "Popular and Respected", "Revered. Beloved. Very talented. Committed."

Unfortunately, shit still happens. No?

Anonymous said...

But did it make a sound!??!

italian girl said...


Yes, you can say sh** happens, no doubt. But there is a time and place to say it. This was not the time. Not when someone is in critical condition from a massive head injury.

Anonymous said...

Shit dont just happen. As Kids wee walked them tracks often.
The old Glenwood bowling ally lot extended back there. The old Bowling ally property is now a post office thats been digging at the track embankemt (expanding) for years.
Some copycat merchants have done the same. All leaking tanks, trucks back there been killing those trees for years.

Years ago early 70's you could walk those tracks from Seneca to Farmer Oval and find snakes, lizards giant Mantus, lump coal, grapes, figs.

....No more.
Now its a dump of garbage, grafetti, broken bottles, AC compressers, tires.

There is also a hugh 8 to 10 inch J2 fuel ROW's to JFK under those tracks.
(see the emergency shutoffs SE corner of the Cypress overpass.

How much neglect and BS is the city and Con Rail going allow ?.

Anonymous said...

The family is on TV (At Wycoff hospital) all run into corners covering there faces?
The news is calling them "Immigrants".

2 Bux these “Immigrants” walk away back to Guatamala with $$ 5 million bux FOR BREAKING 20+ LAWS TO COME HERE as the New York State Pavilion and all our Queens bridges rot.

Queens Crapper said...

Actually, the victim is a corrections officer. It could have fallen on anyone.

georgetheatheist said...

Italian girl. I do apologize to you for offending your sensitivity by my premature commentary. It was the first thing that crossed into my head.

Anonymous said...

Well I grew up down the block on FPR. And yes in the 70s/80s people walked the tracks. Nowadays, you cannot b/c of the hi fences. Detes used to be on FPR/71st (old coal mine and ice house). And YES anyone could have gotten hurt. My mom was doing laundry on that block earlier, and crosses at that corner every time. And I was at the street fair on that corner watching all the kids playing on the slides. Thank God it was not any worse. We just have to pray Donna and her family pull thru this and that it never happens agn.