A woman was struck and killed by a falling tree in Yosemite National Park on Sunday morning March 5, 2017, The tragic accident occurred in Half Dome Village, in Yosemite Valley, at around 10:00 a.m. yesterday morning, amid heavy snow and high winds.
Destiny Rose Texeira Borges, 20, from Ceres, California was in the park working for a company contracted by the park concessioner.
Borges was outside, in front of a hard-side cabin, not a tent cabin, about 10 a.m. when she was struck by the top of a mature Ponderosa pine that appeared to be 100 feet tall before it fell, Gediman said Monday after visiting and observing the accident site.
The tree came down about a thousand feet due east of the ice skating rink at Half Dome Village, Gediman said.
“We did have a winter storm going on,” Cindy Bean, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Hanford, said Monday. “There was snow and winds were gusting. We’re estimating between 20 and 30 miles per hour in that area around that time.”
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help Borges’ family defer funeral expenses. The online post Monday described her as a “beautiful and bright young lady just starting to live a bright dream.”
Destiny’s mother is a single mom, the online post said.