Highway 9
Highway 9 north of Boulder Creek pictured at 2:52pm Sunday. (Drew Penner / Press Banner)

A 45-year-old man was killed when a tree fell on a home just north of Boulder Creek yesterday around 3:30pm.

Ashley Keehn, of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, said Robert Brainard III was killed when a tree slammed into a home on the 14100 block of Highway 9 during high winds and heavy rain.

Deputies responded along with Boulder Creek Fire Protection District firefighters.

Boulder Creek Fire Protection District
Boulder Creek Fire Protection District responded to several calls involving tree damage Sunday, including this downed-wires incident along Two Bar Road, just before 3pm. (Drew Penner / Press Banner)

“One resident made it out of the house, but another was trapped inside,” Keehn said. “Unfortunately, the resident inside sustained injuries from the tree falling into the home and was pronounced deceased at the scene.”

The victim’s name, sex and age has not been released pending notification of next of kin.

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