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City pays $1M to family of tree victim

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POSTED August 28, 2013 1:04 a.m.

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) — Newport Beach has paid more than $1 million to the parents of a woman crushed by a falling tree.

Twenty-nine-year-old Haeyoon Miller of Tustin died in September 2011 when a 10-ton eucalyptus fell on her car. Her parents sued the city and the contractor that cared for the trees. They argued that the tree was rotten.

The Orange County Register says the City Council approved payments to the parents of Haeyoon Miller in April but the settlement wasn’t disclosed until Monday because written agreements hadn’t been finalized.

Neither the city nor the contractor acknowledged any wrongdoing.

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