Family of woman killed by falling 70-foot tree explores lawsuit
Haeyoon Miller, 29, was sitting at a red light near Newport Harbor High School when the tree, planted in a median, crashed onto her blue Hyundai.
According to witnesses, emergency crews were able to lift the tree but then it slipped back onto the car.
Miller’s father, Sunyl Chung, has now hired the law office of Richard D. Hoffman, the Daily Pilot reported. Daniel Boasberg, an attorney with the firm, would not discuss what legal avenues the firm is exploring.
By law the family must first file a claim for damages with Newport Beach, which was maintaining the tree under an agreement with Costa Mesa. Only after a claim is denied by a government agency can a lawsuit be pursued. No claim has thus far been filed
Miller's long-term boyfriend, George Osorio, of Tustin said that Chung is making the legal arrangements from South Korea.
Since the crash, more than 140 eucalyptus trees in Newport Beach have been removed.
— Joseph Serna
Photo: Firefighters lift the trunk of a eucalyptus tree off a Hyundai driven by Haeyoon Miller, 29, of Tustin. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times