Tree topples on tenant’s car, apartment owner calls it “an act of God"

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by TAYLOR VIYDO & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 6:37 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 15 at 7:07 AM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.-- A neighbor’s tree crushed a Spokane Valley woman’s car during a recent storm in August.  She called KREM 2 On Your Side Thursday after the owner of the apartment complex refused to have it removed.

Heavy wind gusts Tuesday knocked a tree from the adjacent property onto Lynda Seeberger’s car. The fallen tree totaled the car, leaving Seeberger with a problem she never thought she would have to deal with.

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“I couldn’t even see the car actually, because the tree was clear over there,” Seeberger said. “And it’s just crumpled because I only have liability insurance.”

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Seeberger admitted she did not have comprehensive insurance and said she cannot afford to have the tree taken off of her car. When she approached the owner of the apartment complex, she said he told her it was an “act of God’ and claimed he was not responsible.

“They’re blaming it all on God, but I feel like a victim of this,” Seeberger said. “ I feel devastated.”

The apartment complex owner told KREM 2 On Your Side that it is an unfortunate, but that he cannot risk the possibility of one of his employees getting injured trying to move the tree. He said he hopes to work with his insurance company and neighbors to see if they can reach a solution for removing the tree. Meanwhile, Lydia is left finding a new way to get to and from work.

“I can’t even think about cleaning this mess up because I’m not in a hurry,” she said. “So here it sits. And everybody laughs at my car.”

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