Wednesday's storms also brought power lines down on the street where a large tree limb fell and fatally injured a Shreveport woman.
Connie Wilson, 64, died Wednesday after a large tree limb fell on her as storms rolled through Shreveport. (Family photo)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
A candlelight vigil will be held Thursday night in memory of the Shreveport woman who died Wednesday after storms brought a massive tree limb crashing down on top of her.
The Caddo Parish coroner confirmed Thursday morning that 64-year-old Connie Wilson died from injuries she suffered Wednesday night.
"Man, I'm speechless," said Eddie Franklin, Connie Wilson's son-in-law.
It happened in the 1900 block of Weinstock Street in Shreveport's Lakeside. Shreveport fire officials were unable to confirm any details about the victim, who was rushed to University Health with life-threatening injuries. However, the coroner's office says 64-year-old Connie Wilson Johnson died of blunt force trauma from the collapse of the limb.
Weinstock remained blocked off just west of Norma Ave. as of Thursday morning, where power lines were also brought down. City crews worked to cut up and remove the massive limb from the street Thursday morning.
"They said they've been complaining about that tree, calling the city, asking them to do something about it," said Connie's daughter, Angela Wilson while sobbing.
Neighbors tell KSLA News 12 that Johnson was walking down the street when the wind picked up, and she turned back to head home when a limb the size of a tree itself came crashing down.
Anger over the condition of the trees was soon directed at the City of Shreveport.
City crews were on the scene clearing the debris, and were confronted by residents and relatives. A man who said he was a supervisor told them that in order to cut down a tree, the city needed permission from the property owner, and a form should be filled out.
KSLA News 12 has asked city officials about whether they were aware of any complaints or concerns about the tree. So far, they have not responded.
A preliminary exam suggests Connie Wilson died as a result of blunt force trauma. A formal autopsy has been scheduled.
A derecho is a line of intense, widespread, and fast-moving windstorms and thunderstorms that moves across a great distance and is characterized by damaging winds. That's what moved through the ArkLaTex July 23, 2014. More >>
A derecho is a line of intense, widespread, and fast-moving windstorms and sometimes thunderstorms that moves across a great distance and is characterized by damaging winds, and that's what moved through the ArkLaTex on July 23, 2014. Click here for pictures of the storms and damage. More >>