HARRIS COUNTY -- A passerby was just trying to do the right thing Christmas morning when he stopped to remove a fallen tree blocking the 18000 block of North Eldridge Parkway.
It was so windy at the time that a second tree blew down and crushed him.
Sheriff’s deputies estimate 30 to 50 trees came crashing down in that area throughout Tuesday morning.
The dead trees are the skeletons of last summer’s drought, and can be seen all over northwest Harris County.
“I don’t think that it’s at all right for a man to have to die for attention to be brought to it,” said Christopher Stewart, a Tomball resident.
The accident happened just outside the Crown of Life Lutheran Church. The pastor there said he recently decided to move his holiday service from Christmas morning to Christmas Eve.
He told KHOU 11 News he is glad he did that because he would have had a parking lot full of people when the trees began to fall.
He said he has worried about them for a long time, and even wrote letters to the owners of the properties they are on.
He said he urged them to take action. Now, following a Christmas Day tragedy, he hopes they finally will.
Deputies describe the victim as 25 years old and say he was taken to Saint Luke’s Hospital where he died.