Heartbroken father says daughter was killed by falling tree while driving to work


HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A woman was killed in Henrico County on Monday after a large oak tree fell onto her car, police said. Authorities said the incident could be weather-related. 

8News spoke with the victim’s heartbroken father, who said he drove to Henrico from Hampton after receiving word of the accident.

He said his daughter, who police identified as Monica Bolton, was in her 40s and was working to open a group home for children in the area. He added that she was on her way to work when the giant oak came crashing down. 

“There are no words to express how I feel right now,” he said. “I can’t gather my thoughts at this time.”

Police said she was driving west on Wilkinson Road when an oak tree toppled over, crushing her car and two others. The tree fell perpendicular to the road onto Bolton’s Toyota Camry, according to police.  

The other two drivers were not hurt, police said.

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The accident happened between Route 301 and Brookefield Road and shut down Wilkinson Road for hours in both directions. 

Dennis Warmke has lived in the neighborhood for decades and drives on the same street several times a day. 

“Drove on this same road roughly an hour before the tree came down,” he said, “and it gives you pause for thought. It could have been me.” 

8News’ cameras were rolling as the woman’s Toyota Camry was towed away. Extensive damage was visible. 

Police believe the incident could be weather-related, specifically from the gusty winds the area saw on Monday. 

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