Berkeley man escapes injury when tree falls on his car

A limb from an oak tree buries Jerry Holl's car. Photos: Daryl Austern

Jerry Holl was backing his car up in front of his home on Spruce Street Tuesday evening when Wham!, a huge limb from an oak tree fell on his car. Luckily, Holl was not hurt and made his way out of the passenger door.

Berkeleysider Daryl Austern was driving by around 6:30pm, right after the limb fell, and snapped these photos. She said Spruce was closed between Los Angeles and Keith as city workers sawed the limb into pieces.

Tree limb buries the car

A police officer sets up traffic cones around fallen tree limb

Jerry Holl was able to smile after limb fell on his car

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  • Kemosabe

    His Saab’s moose-proof roof supports saved him! It’s no joke – car/moose collisions are a big problem in Sweden and Saab engineers it’s windshield and roof to withstand them.  Too bad the rest of the car isn’t as great.

  • Guest

    Would be great if the city maintained their trees. Can we
    also have some street cleaning up the hills.  Getting nailed like crazy on property taxes and would expect
    that we could have some street cleaning once a week up in the hills. 

  • SZunderwood

    It’s noisy as hell, done around midnight and since there’s no actual supervision or quality control, the street cleaning is lousy.  Mostly, it’s just an excuse for another overtime earning, make work six figure job to dole out.

  • SZunderwood

    It’s noisy as hell, done around midnight and since there’s no actual supervision or quality control, the street cleaning is lousy.  Mostly, it’s just an excuse for another overtime earning, make work six figure job to dole out.

  • chris

    Sheesh – Contact your council members aide if you have problems.

    Most residential streets are cleaned monthly.

  • Anonymous

    Wild!  This fellow is very very fortunate as this tree did not really tag him flat as I have seen others in the past do right down to the floor-boards.  One can always recycle the parts or what is left of such encounters.  What would be very interesting to know are the insurance / liability issues involved in such matters i.e. is this a force of nature or….an act of god :)  A little bird told me that that many here have sold these cars and purchased the ( gulp! ) Prius ‘thing’ at great expense and they are *no* match for tree, animal or beast.  Where I am relocating to — prayerfully — my biggest fear at night are deer strikes and impacts!  I am going to keep the push bumper “on” the front end of a Ford Crown Victoria Interceptor P-71 just for that purpose as I have had numerous very close calls and friends in the wine county there tell me these creatures, like humans after drinking too much, are not very bright and have destroyed their trucks full force from the side no less as well as head on.  My understanding of the moose issue in Alaska and the arctic circle is even stranger as they do not and will not move for even the biggest of massive rail transport trains no matter how loud, nasty or well lit ( they have tried everything ). 

  • K T Greniger

    I am very thankful my uncle is safe and lookin so well, by.the way. Love teresa

  • Louise S.

    Re the question about insurance–my son’s car was totaled by a falling tree, and they gave him a “nuisance value” settlement of $1,000.  A falling tree is an act of God, according to most insurance policies.  What would be the liability of a tree owner (individual or civic)?