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Man falls to his death while trimming trees

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email

WAYNE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) -

"I was just reading my book, trying to finish it up for bible study and noticed across the street. They were cutting trees," says Dallas Hoskins, a neighbor.

Hoskins was sitting outside of his home when he heard the loud noise across the way on Elm Street.

"I heard the first tree fall, you know you're cutting a big tree. When it fell, it was loud. Then I heard another tree had fallen again, and then I noticed people were running," says Hoskins.

Immediately, he knew something was wrong.

"I just jumped up and ran over here to find there was a young man on the ground. Of course, he was in extreme pain," says Hoskins.

Hoskins says 29-year-old, Kevin Miller, was alert and talking after falling from 50 to 60 feet to the ground. The arm of the bucket utility truck snapped.

The accident happened in Shandiin Baker's backyard. She was watching Miller trim the tree in her backyard from her window.
She witnessed the fall. She knew it was bad but didn't know that he would not survive.

"I thought he was going to get back up and finish everything but apparently he didn't. It was actually pretty traumatic," says Baker.

"When he told me he passed away, I just walked away in tears. It broke my heart," adds Hoskins.

The broken truck sits on the Elm Street property. It is painful site for Miller's wife Angela, and five-year-old son, Caleb who live close by.

" I'm really sorry for their loss. It's a great loss. I can't even imagine. Our prayers are going out to the family," says Baker.

It's still unknown what caused the arm on the lift to break.

The Wayne County coroner is awaiting autopsy results from the State Medical Examiner's Office to determine the cause of death.

Miller's family members describe Kevin as a hard working, kind man who loved his family and would do anything for anyone.


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