A pregnant woman sitting on a park bench in Queens was struck and killed by a falling tree Sunday evening, and another woman hit by the tree was seriously injured, according to authorities. The tree fell on the women at around 6:30 p.m. in Flushing’s Kissena Park, Fire Department officials said.

Yingyi Li, 30, was pronounced dead after being taken to New York Hospital Queens, officials said. Witnesses said the tree came crashing down.

“I heard a loud crash and boom, immediately my friend sees her and we went to see what happened,” said Sam Kim. “When we got there we saw a young Asian girl lying face down and there was blood coming out of her head.” Paramedics tried to resuscitate Li for several minutes, according to witnesses. The other woman injured by the tree is in serious condition.

Some residents said they hoped the tragedy would push the city to spend more money on park maintenance.


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