Thursday, September 18, 2008

Man killed in tree-trimming accident

A 58-year-old Shawnee man was killed Tuesday when he was crushed by a branch from a tree he was trimming.

Michael W. King, who lived on three acres in the 12900 block of 55th Street, had eaten dinner with friends Monday evening, telling them he planned to trim a tree overhanging a detached garage so it could be reroofed.

When the friend couldn’t get in touch with King by phone on Tuesday, he went to the King’s house, unable to find him though his truck was still there. The friend went to the police, who searched the property around 11 p.m. Tuesday and found King dead near the garage.

Capt. Ron Copeland said it appears that in the course of trimming the tree, a limb fell on King and killed him.

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