Police ID man killed by falling limb at Richmond park

Police ID man killed by falling limb at Richmond park
A falling branch killed a man near Pump House Park, according to a source. (Source: NBC12)

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Police have identified the man killed Thursday evening by a tree limb that fell in Pump House Park as Preston G. Norton, 22, of Henrico.

Norton was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said Norton was walking on a trail in the park when the limb fell as severe storms rolled through the Richmond area. Authorities said the location of the man on the trail, plus the weather, made it difficult to get to him. Norton was in cardiac arrest when they arrived.

A medical examiner will determine Norton's cause of death.

Norton was walking with another person, who police say alerted them to the incident.

A biker who was near the park said other limbs were down in the area.

"It's unfortunate. It's not something you want to hear about," Taylor Long said. "Coming through here, one of the roads [is] completely blocked off by a huge branch, similar to that one over there."

Kyle Donovon frequently runs in the park and said he steers clear during bad weather. He had waited until after the rain passed before coming to the park Thursday where he saw the emergency workers.

"Whenever you see lightning or storms coming in, get off the trails as soon as possible," Donovon said. "I've had a couple of trees snap when I've been out running on trails. It's fallen behind me a minute after I ran through the section. You've always got to be aware of your surroundings."

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