PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- The husband of a pregnant woman, who was killed by a falling tree while driving in Troutdale in 2016, is suing Multnomah County and property owners of that location for $9.5 million.
Jeremy Oliver, representing both the estate of Kristi Leigh Oliver and her unborn child, submitted the complaint in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Monday. The lawsuit alleges Multnomah County and Mark and Jill Harrington -- the property owners at Southeast Oxbow Drive where the tree fell -- had a public "duty" to inspect the tree and remove it if it presented any risk to the public.
The complaint, demanding jury trial, says the tree that went through the roof of Oliver's 2001 Ford Explorer SUV and crushed her was "rotten to the core."
Mike Weber witnessed the tree fall and crush Oliver's SUV on the morning of March 1, 2016. He said he was driving to work, right behind Oliver.
“This tree, it just broke off out of nowhere. It looked like it had exploded. But it hit her truck, spun her truck around,” Weber told KOIN that day.
Weber said the tree "was clearly dead for years."
“My wife tells me ‘Don’t drive that back way because there are dead trees all along that road,’” Weber said.
The lawsuit also alleges Mark Harrington knew that the trees along his residence, which were on public roads -- were "in poor condition." The complaint said Harrington alerted Multnomah County about the trees, "but the county would not let him remove them."
Oliver was 30 when she was killed. It's not known when, or if, a court date is scheduled.
You can read the full lawsuit below.