Tree feller killed by 100-foot plummet |

Tree feller killed by 100-foot plummet

A 52-year-old tree feller plunged 100 feet to his death Thursday while working at a home outside Nevada City, according to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.

Stephen N. Lewis of Nevada City was about 100 feet up a 150-foot tree at 15335 Lewis Road, north of Willow Valley Road, when he slipped and fell at about 10:30 a.m., Undersheriff John Trauner said. Lewis died at the scene.

Lewis operated his own business and wasn’t wearing a safety line as he scaled the tree while trimming branches, Trauner said. He said a co-worker at ground level had his back to the tree when he heard Lewis strike the ground nearby.

Lewis was lying on his side next to some bicycles leaning against a shed, said Battalion Chief David Ray of the 49er Fire Protection District. Ray also said the Lewis wasn’t equipped with a safety line.

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