Nicki Carano, 48, dead after tree falls across Ingraham Street, crushing 4 cars in Pacific Beach, San Diego, California

Modified Date: 
Wed, 03/29/2017 - 7:46pm
Accident Date: 
Sunday, January 31, 2016

1 dead after tree falls on cars in Pacific Beach

San Diego Fire Rescue was called to the scene shortly after 3:00 p.m. in the 3900 block of Ingraham Street near Fortuna Avenue, according to Capt. Joe Amador.

Falling tree killed musician on her way to gig

The 48-year-old woman in the passing car, who was identified by friends as musician Nicki Carano, was killed. She was on her way to Winstons in Ocean Beach to perform with her band Spider Tree. Friends described her as a talented drummer and a consummate professional, who inspired those around her.

San Diego Musician Nicki Carano Killed By Falling Tree

Fans memorialized the drummer on her band’s Facebook page, leaving messages of love and support for her family and the band.

Family of woman killed in Pacific Beach by falling tree files lawsuit

Her parents, Anthony and Carole Ann Carano, filed the lawsuit last week in San Diego Superior Court. In the complaint, they contend that the city failed in its duties to keep the area safe for the public and warn of any hidden danger.

Type: Car Accident
People Involved: 
Nicki Carano
Ingraham Street


I just now found this site by accident. For the record and what it's worth, some of the tree's major roots were cut up  by City crews because of pavement damage. There should be a work order on file if it hasn't been expurgated. The tree was leaning in the direction in which it fell, and there was post-incident evidence of tension stress on the opposite side. Compression evidence was hidden under the tree, as is common in such cases. I interviewed the homeowner across the street.

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