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Memorial service to be held for woman crushed by tree

September 22, 2011 |  1:39 pm

Haeyoon Miller
A 29-year-old Tustin woman killed when a tree fell on her car will be remembered at a memorial service Thursday night.

The services for Haeyoon Miller will be held at Harbor-Lawn Mt. Olive Memorial Park & Mortuary at 1625 Gisler Ave., Costa Mesa, with a viewing from 4 to 8 p.m. and services at 6 p.m., the Daily Pilot reported.

Miller was on her way to the children's gym, Pix&Flips, which she ran with her boyfriend George Osorio, when a 10-ton tree fell on her car and killed her while she was stopped at a red light at 17th Street and Irvine Avenue in Costa Mesa.

Miller, who was originally from South Korea, came to the United States with her parents when she was 10 so she could attend the Juilliard School and nourish her talent for violin.

On Wednesday, work crews finished removing roughly 100 eucalyptus trees from the Irvine Avenue median where Miller was killed, a day ahead of schedule, Newport Beach officials announced.

The city's tree maintenance contractor, West Coast Arborists, initially estimated that the tree and stump removals would take two days to complete, but the work was finished quickly as a crew of about 30 workers cut throughout the day Wednesday.

Police reopened Irvine Avenue to traffic Wednesday night.

Now city officials from Newport Beach and Costa Mesa will contact nearby residents and business owners to help select a replacement species of tree, Newport spokeswoman Tara Finnigan said.


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Photo: Haeyoon Miller, 29, was killed last week when a tree crushed her car.  Credit: Courtesy of George Osorio