Tree limb falls on vehicle, injures driver in NE Miami-Dade

NORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - A falling tree limb injured a man after it hit his car as he drove down a residential neighborhood in Northeast Miami-Dade.

It happened early Tuesday, along Northeast 155th Terrace near Sixth Avenue.

According to the victim, who did not wish to be identified, the branch fell and struck his front windshield as he was driving. However, he made it out of the accident without any serious injuries.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue treated him at the scene after he refused to be taken to the hospital.

“I saw it coming down, and I was trying to brake,” he said. “It was already too late. It was right on my windshield. It’s crazy. It was just little rain. I don’t know, man, it just happened.”

Witness Roger Davis was working nearby when he heard the crash.

“While I’m working on a customer’s car, all I heard is slip n slide and ‘boom,'” he said. “I come out, and I look, and I see a tree fall over this car right here.”

He rushed to the scene and found the driver in distress.

“I had to pour water on top of his head because he was passing out,” Davis said. “Then he kept saying his head hurt. He was holding onto his head.”

The victim’s car suffered the brunt of the blow, sustaining considerable damage.

“The windshield got messed up, the tree fell on top of the windshield, and it shattered the whole windshield,” Davis said. “The whole side of the fender got messed up. Just be safe in the street, be careful. You never know how things can roll out here.”

What weakened the tree limb and why it fell remains a mystery. The driver said it was fate.

“Wrong place, wrong time. That’s all I can say,” the driver said.

He remains grateful to the good Samaritan who raced to his rescue.

“He’s the greatest guy I ever met,” he said. “He came out and brought me some bottles of water. I told him my head was hurting, and he just helped me out.”

Officials said it may be a while before insurance investigators can determine if the car will be repaired or totaled.

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