LA MESA, Calif. — A tree trimmer was killed in La Mesa Tuesday morning when a large branch fell and hit him in the head, police said.
The incident took place at a hillside home at 4450 Date Avenue. Family members identified the victim as Josh Pudsey, 41, from Lakesdide. Pudsey was with a co-worker in a cherry picker lift trimming a tall eucalyptus tree next to the house when part of a tree fell on him at about 8 a.m., La Mesa police Lt. Matt Nicolas said.
Helicopter video showed the man’s body covered by a yellow tarp in the driveway of the house. A pickup was parked nearby, as was the cherry picker lift.
“He didn’t fall out of the bucket but he did sustain significant head trauma and did pass away at the scene,” said Lt. Angela DeSarro.
The victim’s mother, Debbi Anderson, arrived at the accident scene later in the morning. She told Fox 5 News that her son was working for Three Frogs Real Estate, a company that was remodeling the home.
“An accident – they cut a branch wrong and he apparently watched the branch come down and hit him in the head, squarely,” said Anderson.
The state Division of Occupational Safety and Health will investigate the death, which is routine in workplace accidents.
Pudsey leaves behind a pregnant fiancee and a mother devastated by the loss of her only child.
“He was gentle, he was compassionate. I loved him with all my heart. There will be no replacing him,” said Anderson.