A 45-year-old Colchester mother is dead and her 18-year-old daughter had to be airlifted by Lifestar to a local hospital after a tree fell on them in a wooded area near Salmon River State Park in East Hampton around 1:30 p.m. on Monday.
Colchester Fire and police responded to the area of Blue Hill Road and Comstock Bridge Road for a report that a tree fell on top of a group of people.
Barbara Young, 45, of Colchester, and her daughter Jessica Surratt, 18, of Colchester, had been hit by a tree while they were having a picnic lunch in the park, according to officials.
Jessica Surratt suffered a leg injury, according to the state Department of Energy & Environmental Protection.
Young was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police and the state Department of Energy & Environmental Protection.
She was a special education paraprofessional at Bacon Academy in Colchester. The superintendent said grief counselors were at the school and a moment of silence was observed.
Young was also an assistant coach for sports programs with special ed students. Some of the faculty plan to organize a tournament in her name next school year.
Her 22-year-old son, Kevin Surratt, was not hurt.
A man who was fly fishing at the park said he heard a loud crack, ran to the scene and performed CPR on mother.