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Inquest into Kew Gardens death

An inquest into the death of an account manager who was hit by a falling tree branch in Kew Gardens is due to resume today.

Erena Louise Wilson, 31, who was born in Wellington, New Zealand but lived in London, received fatal head injuries when she was hit by the Lebanese cedar branch at the Royal Botanical Gardens in south west London.

She had been walking with friends when the incident happened on Sunday, September 23 last year.

The death, which was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), was reported to have happened d uring wet and windy weather conditions.

When the inquest was opened in September last year, Metropolitan Police inspector Simon Young said he attended the scene where statements were taken from Ms Wilson's friends who had witnessed the incident.

He said: "They stated they were walking along a path and heard a loud crack believing it was thunder or something similar to that. They looked up and saw the tree branch descending.

"They then ran and then looked back around and the lady was on the floor in an uncomfortable position, to say the least. There were lots of branches all around her."

Ambulance crews attended but were unable to save her as she had died instantly, the officer said.

Ms Wilson, who was single and lived in Hanwell, west London, was identified by her friends Sean and Tessa Britton, he added. Her mother lives in Auckland and her father in Australia, the earlier hearing was told.

The inquest is due to take place at West London Coroner's Court.


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