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Pregnant Woman on Park Bench Crushed to Death by Tree

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A pregnant woman sitting on a New York City park bench was struck and killed by a falling tree Sunday evening, and another woman hit by the tree was seriously injured, according to authorities.

Yingyi Li-Dikov, 30, was six months pregnant, relatives said. The Parks Department said she was struck by the 50-foot-tall tree in Kissena Park in Queens when it snapped about 8 feet from the ground.

She and her husband, Aleksander Dikov, had planned to name their baby Christine, and her Chinese name would have meant “moonlight,” according to the woman’s mother-in-law.

Dikov said Monday that he was devastated. He and his wife had just gone shopping for the baby girl, who was due Nov. 10.

Witnesses said the tree came crashing down. Paramedics tried to resuscitate Li-Dikov for several minutes, according to witnesses.

The other woman injured by the tree is in serious condition.

Some residents said they hoped the tragedy would push the city to spend more money on park maintenance.

“The park is old, the trees are old,” said Salvatore Delligatti. “A lot of trees have been coming down in the past few years with the storms we’ve been having.”

The Parks Department said the 70-year-old tree was in a section of the park that had last been inspected on June 20. The tree was being examined “to determine more about its condition.”

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August 5, 2013 at 7:49 pm

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