According to police, a 50-year-old woman swimming in the pool behind River Terrace Apartments in the Bronx suffered significant body trauma and was pronounced dead on the scene.
Another 60-year-old woman in the pool sustained body trauma and was taken to Allen Pavillion Hospital in critical but stable condition.
According to the city Parks Department, the tree was the responsibility of the building owner and was not on public property.
Miriam Allen, a resident of the Palisades Avenue apartment complex, told the publication that Asian Horned Beetles had already been eating at the trees on the premises. She stated that she called 311 about the problem, but no actions were taken.
‘Everybody was screaming, “Help! Help!” Allen, who lives on the third floor, told the newspaper. ‘My windows were open, so I heard everything immediately. I looked down and I saw the tree in the swimming pool. I knew there was three or four people in it.’