City of Knoxville not liable in fallen tree death

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT/AP)-- The Tennessee Court of Appeals has ruled that Knoxville isn't liable for a tree that fell on and killed a woman driving on a city street.

Tiffany Raley, 30, died December 2011 when a tree crashed onto her car as she went to pick up her son from school. Her family sued the city after her death.

Judge Thomas R. Frierson wrote for the court that even if the city knew the tree, located on private property, was diseased or damaged, it owed no duty of care to motorists to remove it.

Frierson reportedly said the city had no ownership of the tree and had no obligation to remove it because it was on private property.

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