Lawsuit Filed Against City, School District for Negligence in Case of Tree Branch Falling on Two Young Children

Published : Wednesday, May 16, 2018 | 5:03 AM

A large eucalyptus branch which fell on children on the campus of the Linda Vista Children’s Center in West Pasadena on August 29, 2017. Image courtesy Pasadena Fire Dept.

A lawsuit seeking unspecified damages was filed Tuesday on behalf of two 3-year-old children who were injured when a large tree branch fell on them on the campus of the Linda Vista Children’s Center in West Pasadena on August 29, 2017.

A total of three young children were hospitalized in the incident. One of those, a girl who was only two at the time, was transported in critical condition with significant injuries, Pasadena Fire Department spokesperson Lisa Derderian said that day.

The negligence suit was filed against the City of Pasadena, the Pasadena Unified School District, the Linda Vista Children’s Center, Merchants Landscape Services Inc and West Coast Arborists Inc., according to City News Service.

The children’s center leased the property in the 1200 block of Linda Vista Avenue under an agreement with Pasadena Unified.

The city “controlled a portion of the location involving the tree,” according to the complaint, the CNS story said.

The Linda Vista Children’s Center is a nonprofit child development facility serving infants through pre-kindergarten.

About 10 other children were on the campus at the time the branch fell, but none was injured, Derderian said at the time.

The lawsuit alleges the tree was not properly maintained or inspected and also that there were no barriers in place to prevent falling limbs from hitting children in the play area, according to CNS.

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