Driver Killed When Tree Falls on Moving Car
Large oak topples on Georgetown Pike, killing man in Mercedes.
Fairfax County Police said a 64-year-old man was killed Tuesday when a large tree fell into the road on Georgetown Pike in Great Falls, crushing him in his car.
Albert Carl Roeth III was driving his 2008 Mercedes CL600 southbound on Georgetown Pike shortly after 6:30 p.m. As he was passing through the 9900 block of Georgetown Pike, a very large tree unexpectedly fell from the right side of the roadway directly onto the Mercedes.
The tree crushed the driver compartment of the car killing Roeth. He was the sole occupant of the car and there were no other vehicles involved.
Alcohol and speed were not factors in this incident.
Police shut down Georgetown Pike overnight as crews removed the tree and investigated the strength of roots on another nearby tree.