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SC woman killed after tree branch falls on her

Jul 15, 2010 6:14:00 PM - thestate.com
Authorities say an autopsy confirmed a woman found unconscious in her South Carolina yard after a storm was hit in the chest by a falling tree branch.

Jasper County Coroner Martin Sauls told The Island Packet of Hilton Head that the limb that struck 63-year-old Rita Lowther Rogers was knocked down by a lightning strike and may have been shaken loose by the thunderstorm Monday evening.

Neighbors told investigators they saw Rogers walking around outside surveying damage, then noticed she had fallen to the ground.

Sauls says Rogers was taken to the hospital where she died a short time later.

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