I saw this article and it struck me just how fragile life is. You never know what’s going to happen, and you never know when it’s your time to leave this earth and meet your maker.


It’s especially astonishing when the incident involves such a crazy fluke accident.

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This married couple – parents of 5 kids – took their annual drive up Route 99, which is lined with giant California redwood trees on a beautiful, sunny day – no wind – just perfect, when all of a sudden – out of nowhere – a gigantic 175-foot tree crashed down on the car, killing the couple instantly and changing the family dynamic forever.

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From Daily Mail 

A married couple, who have five children, tragically died after a redwood tree fell on top of their car as they were driving for a weekend getaway.

Jessica and Jake Woodruff were driving on Thursday down Route 199 toward the coast in Northern California when the 175-foot-tall tree crashed down on their 2016 Honda Accord.

Jake, 36, was driving Jessica up the coast to celebrate her 45th birthday, an annual tradition for the couple, who live in Yreka with their children.

‘This was a shocking and unexpected event, and the tragedy of this accident makes it difficult to accept as real,’ family friend Amanda Maffei wrote on a GoFundMe campaign to support the couple’s five children.


Officials say it was a pleasant day with no wind, calling the odds of a tree falling directly on a car astronomical.

‘We have trees everywhere. It’s in the middle of the redwoods. It’s just old growth and we have no idea why the tree fell. It was Mother Nature,’ California Highway Patrol Officer Brandy Gonzalez told SFGate.

‘The timing of everything was very, very unusual,’ she added.

“I’ve been in the department for 19 years and I’ve been in this area 12 to 13 years and it’s very unusual. We’ve had trees fall down and cars make contact, but this kind of incident is very unusual,” Highway Patrol office Brandy Gonzalez said.


Jake and Jessica are survived by their children, Megan, Evan, Casey, Allie, and Chelsea.

Very sad. Let’s pray for those poor kids.


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