Families sue Rock Island County over tragic tree branch accident


Three families are suing Rock Island County over a tragic tree accident that killed two people last year. 

Court documents list the families of Ken Anderson and Daniel Mendoza as plaintiffs in the wrongful death case. 

Both died when the branch fell on them on the lawn of the old Rock Island County Courthouse building during the Red, White and Boom celebration.

Kataiveronna Carter is also listed as a plaintiff.    

She was pregnant at the time and needed an emergency C-section after the accident. 

Documents indicate the three families are suing the county, the sheriff’s department, the city of Rock Island and Raney Horticultural, a tree service in Moline.

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