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Resident killed when eucalyptus tree falls on Stanley Dollar Drive

By Ann Peterson

Managing editor


(Wednesday, March 22): Stanley Dollar Drive was reopen Wednesday morning, following a fatal accident from the night before.

A eucalyptus tree fell across Stanley Dollar Drive Tuesday night, striking a moving car and killing the passenger. The driver of the car survived.

The accident occurred around 7 p.m. near the first tee of Stanley Dollar Golf Course. The giant eucalyptus fell across Stanley Dollar Drive, hitting the Tesla as it was driving toward Rossmoor Parkway. Stanley Dollar Drive between Rossmoor Parkway and Tice Creek Drive was closed as Walnut Creek Police investigated the accident and the Landscape Department supervised removal of the tree.

The passenger who died was identified as Tom Huster, who in 2020 moved to Rossmoor with his wife, Sunhi Kim, who was identified as the driver of the car. Both were active in the golf community. Kim was able to exit the car after the accident and sustained minor injuries, according to Contra Costa Fire. Public Safety Manager Tom Cashion said that firefighters had to extricate the husband, who had already died, and they gave his wife time to say goodbye at the scene.

Storm weather Tuesday evening included rain and winds that reached speeds of 30 mph.

Cashion made an announcement shortly after the accident at an event being held at the Event Center.

Landscape Manager John Tawaststjerna was on scene Tuesday night assessing the damage and a crew from Waraner Tree was called in to remove the tree so the car could be towed and the road reopened.

More information will be provided as available.

A tree fell on top of a car driving on Stanley Dollar Drive Tuesday night, killing the passenger.