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If a tree falls during a traffic stop, do you still get a ticket?

One driver in Iowa escaped a citation after a large oak tree fell on her car -- and the officer who stopped her. Centerville police office Jeremy Veach's brush with a 30-foot oak on May 7 was caught on his dashboard camera. Veach told Fox 2 he's lucky to be alive.

"Fortunately for me and unfortunately for the owner of the vehicle, it absorbed a good portion of the impact," Veach told Fox. He escaped with a few scrapes and needed three stitches. The driver of the car received no ticket, but her car was totaled.




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      b_grossman1
      • 11 Months Ago
      Grasshopper: Think twice before ticketing!!!
      wizard2
      • 11 Months Ago
      "Traffic laws enforced by falling trees" They going to put that on their town signs in Centerville?
      sdowns1470
      • 11 Months Ago
      I have five live oak trees in our yard, three in the back and two in the front. Neither one of them are hundreds of years old. The biggest tree in our yard in the front is about 30 years old, the one on the other side of it is about 25 years old. The ones in the back are 13, 7 and 5 years old. Before all the oak trees we had sycamores and they all died within a 10 year span. The smallest one died in 2001, the biggest one in 2007 and the middle sized in 2009. They all must have had some disease because if they still had been here, our yard would be a whole lot greener now. We did not realize how much shade our yard got until all three sycamore trees died. The sycamores were in the back, after each one died we got an oak tree to start growing.
      jeffwiz14
      • 11 Months Ago
      damn, why so much animosity towards cops? they don't give me any trouble. that could be because I don't give them any. try that. should make the animosity subside.
        tony
        • 11 Months Ago
        @jeffwiz14
        Tell that to framed & railroaded people.
        no7mk1
        • 11 Months Ago
        @jeffwiz14
        as long as you're a good little sheep you'll be fine...but the shepherds in reality are the wolves....
      marcsmpsn
      • 11 Months Ago
      The Lord speaks in many different ways................
        Connie
        • 11 Months Ago
        @marcsmpsn
        Yes and He said, " this is one of my heroes and he shall therefore be spared"!
      Franco
      • 11 Months Ago
      Where were the cops when a tree fell on my car?
      jeffwiz14
      • 11 Months Ago
      wonder what her ins co says about this. they will find any way to escape liability.
      anonymousmarriedman
      • 11 Months Ago
      They're both lucky to be alive, especially him, being outside the vehicle with no protection at all. That was a fortunate and very good ending. Back a few years ago not far from where we lived, a young woman was going for her morning jog before work in the morning, like most joggers she had her earbuds in so couldn't hear anything (not sure it would have made a difference anyway) when a massive oak tree fell on her. They didn't even know she was under there. When a city crew came out in their usual several hours to clear the sidewalk and road from debris is when they found her. She was only in her late 20's if I remember right, she didn't make it.
        jeffwiz14
        • 11 Months Ago
        @anonymousmarriedman
        he was indeed very lucky. looks like the car may have helped him some.
      koyfluff
      • 11 Months Ago
      Why is he bumping her car door before the tree falls?
      bradpotterfulton
      • 11 Months Ago
      Those people should sue the cop for pulling them over in a unsafe place.
      jnogrimes
      • 11 Months Ago
      It probably counts as an act of God (or random and chaotic forces for the atheist), but I wonder if the city or county will bear some of the cost of replacing the vehicle. If he hadn't stopped her right there, she'd still have a car.
        onionson
        • 11 Months Ago
        @jnogrimes
        Or an act of Satan who gets God blamed for things he does if you are an informed Christian. Why on earth should the city pay anything for a lawbreaker that was pulled over? Her insurance should pay and might rightfully sue and collect from the tree owner and or their insurance company.
          joehennes
          • 11 Months Ago
          @onionson
          Be awfully hard to prove negligence on the tree owner unless there was some reason the owner should have known the tree was going to fall.
      onionson
      • 11 Months Ago
      What a bunch of silly comments. The city or county should not pay anything and God did not take a shot at a cop. Her insurance should pay and might sue the tree owner to recover damages and her deductible. The city and their insurance could also sue the tree owner or their insurance company to recover medical expenses for the officer.
        wizard2
        • 11 Months Ago
        @onionson
        "What a bunch of silly comments." And then you go on to post the silliest and most ignorant of them all. Congrats!
        Richard
        • 11 Months Ago
        @onionson
        In cases where the weather is a factor in causinf damage or destruction it is classified as 'An act of God' and the losses are just swept under the carpet. It becomes very difficult to collect on these types of incidents.
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