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Family of woman killed when tree fell on car files lawsuit

4:03 PM, Apr 24, 2012   |    comments
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The family of a Knoxville woman who was killed when a tree fell on her car is suing the property owners for up to $5 million.

30-year-old Tiffany Raley died last December when a large tree fell on her car as she drove down Colonial Drive to pick up her son from school.

Someone had called the city to express concerns about the tree last October, saying it leaned heavily toward the street and there was a crack at the bottom of the trunk.

A city arborist looked at the tree and determined it was on private property, and wasn't an imminent threat.

Now Raley's husband, Shannon Raley, is suing the property owners, Brett and Barbara Johnson, for wrongful death.

The lawsuit claims the Johnsons knew or should have known that the tree needed to be cut down and removed immediately. It claims that failure to act constitutes negligent and reckless behavior.

The lawsuit asks for a jury trial.

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