Toppled tree kills man near Issaquah

January 24, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

Strong winds caused a tree to topple and a kill a man Jan. 19, as crippling winter weather claimed a life near Issaquah.

King County Sheriff’s Office investigators said the incident occurred at about 9:15 a.m. in the 15300 block of 231st Avenue Southeast in unincorporated May Valley south of Issaquah. The combination of wind and weight from ice and snow caused the tree to fall as the 61-year-old man backed his all-terrain vehicle out of a shed. Deputies and Eastside Fire & Rescue medics raced to the scene in difficult road conditions, but could not save the man.

King County Medical Examiner’s Office investigators later identified the man as Philip Barber.

Sgt. Cindi West, sheriff’s office spokeswoman, said deputies and emergency responders encountered falling branches at the scene.

“It’s tragic. It’s a very sad situation. There’s nothing he could have done about it,” West said. “The deputies on the scene said that there was nothing he could have done. It was a freak accident.”

The danger forced investigators to back off from the scene as branches rained from trees overhead. Then, as deputies started to depart the area, they became stuck after another tree fell across the road and crews removed the tree.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or Comment at

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One Response to “Toppled tree kills man near Issaquah”

  1. Tracie Wright on January 31st, 2012 9:00 am

    First off you were ask my his wife to correct the name to say “Greg Barber” not Phillip as most people who knew him, knew him his as Greg! The media also needs to wait until all family members are contacted before announcing notices such as these on the air or Tv.,as his son’s found out by the media!
    I do want to say thank you for waiting to run the story until all family members were informded.

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