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'It's a big loss:' Family mourns woman killed by fallen tree in Renton

Deidre Clark was driving with her sister and her four-year-old daughter on SE 179th St.{ } Monday night when the tree suddenly snapped and crashed through her vehicle. (Photo: KOMO News)

RENTON, Wash. - A 34-year-old woman killed by a fallen tree while driving in a Renton Monday night has been identified.

The woman's family confirms Deidre Clark was driving with her sister and her four-year-old daughter on SE 179th St. when the tree suddenly snapped and crashed through her vehicle.

Clark’s fiancé, Norman, tells KOMO News the loving mother turned her life around a few years back, was currently in cosmetology school and planned to open a beauty shop.

"It's a big loss," he said. "I'm not eating, I'm not sleeping. My 4-year-old just lost her mother."

As of Tuesday evening, Clark’s sister was in serious condition in the ICU at Harborview. Norman says her breathing tube was removed Tuesday and she is doing better. Their four-year-old daughter was unharmed in the crash, but misses her mom.

"They removed the breathing tube, she's breathing better, she's doing better. She's heartbroken, she lost her twin sister. Nothing gets closer than that," said Norman.

Norman tells KOMO he is angry because he feels more could have been done to inspect the trees along SE 179th and address any structural issues before this incident.

But King County workers say the tree appeared to be healthy before wind brought it down. They also say the maintenance division has not received any reports or complaints about the trees along that stretch. They sent workers out Tuesday morning to do a first assessment and say they will likely have an arborist follow up soon.

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