Snapped tree branch kills woman at Renaissance fair in Kennewick

UPDATE (7:15 p.m.) – Kennewick Police have identified the woman as Stephanie Judd, 37, of Benton City. Police say she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Judd’s next of kin have been notified.

UPDATE (5:30 p.m.) – The woman reportedly died at the scene.

ORIGINAL STORY: A large tree branch fell on a woman Saturday during a festival at Columbia Park in Kennewick.

The woman was attending the Ye Merrie Greenwood Renaissance Festival when the branch of a tree snapped and hit her in the head, a festival spokesperson said.

BREAKING: One woman seriously injured at Columbia Park during the Renaissance Festival after a tree branch snapped and hit her in the head.

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The woman suffered a severe injury and was knocked unconscious. Festival-goers began to perform CPR before first responders arrived.

The woman was attending the Renaissance fair with her 15-year-old son. They were reportedly sitting by a chapel set up on the festival grounds when the sycamore tree branch fell. The boy was not injured.

Winds possibly played a factor in bringing down the branch. It has been a windy day in Kennewick.

This incident was the second of two likely wind-related emergencies Saturday afternoon in the Tri-Cities. A concrete electrical pole broke and fell during Christ the King Sausage Fest in Richland, injuring two people.