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Pregnant driver killed when tree crushes SUV

Tree falls onto SUV - Photo from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

A tree fell on an SUV Tuesday morning, killing a pregnant woman as she was driving down Southeast Oxbow Drive.

A witness driving behind the SUV told police that around 6:40 a.m. a tall cedar tree on the south side of the road broke in two, and a large log fell toward the road. One of the pieces hit the driver side and landed on the sole occupant, 30-year-old Kristi Leigh Oliver of Troutdale.

Oliver died of her injuries to the head and chest. She was pregnant, and officials said the baby was lost as well.

The witness tried to help Oliver until emergency staff arrived at the scene.

"This tree came down and hit the car so hard -- tree flew everywhere; it exploded," said Mike Weber, who was about 150 yards behind Oliver's car. "I grabbed my phone and dialed 911 running through the road to get to her to see if she was going to be OK."

Weber said he couldn't find a pulse. He held her hand and prayed.

"I just prayed she was a person of faith, and that her soul would be welcomed into heaven," he said, adding that the incident happened so fast that Oliver likely didn't know what hit her.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office closed Oxbow Drive while they conduct an investigation.

"It's hard to say there was anything the person did that could have avoided that," said Multnomah County sheriff's spokesman Lt. Steve Alexander. "The husband is grieving ... and has lost their unborn child as well as his wife."

With high winds in the forecast, the sheriff's office asks drivers to be alert for fallen limbs in the road.

KATU reporters Mary Loos and Katherine Kisiel contributed.


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