FALLING TREE KILLS MOTHER

September 09, 2000 12:00 am

A Harbor woman was killed Wednesday when a tree she was cutting down fell on her.

Deborah Jo Lee, 43, West Benham Lane, died while cutting a 70-foot tan oak tree on Nick Lane.

She and her husband, David Lee, recently purchased property on Nick Lane.

They moved to the area in April. She worked at Fred Meyer as a cashier.

David and their two children, a 10-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl, were on the landing above the grove of trees where Deborah was cutting, said Deputy Ron Boust.

She didnt have any experience cutting trees, said Deputy Boust.

She cut the tree with a steel chainsaw. The top of the tree she was cutting hit another tree as it came down. The momentum of the falling tree kicked the tree toward her.

The tree drove her into the ground and knocked her about 15 feet up the hill, said Deputy Boust.

Neighbor Susanne Kemmer called 911 while David went to his wifes side, said Deputy Boust.

The ambulance crew was unable to find any vital signs, said Deputy Boust.

Scantlins Mortuary was called.

A memorial service is scheduled for today (Sept. 9) at 5 p.m. at Scantlins Brookings Mortuary Chapel, 2 Ross Road.