A worker from a local tree removal company died after falling from a tree that he was removing from the property of a Trumbull home.
Eris Banegas-Gomes, 28, of Bridgeport, was wearing a safety harness around 9 a.m. Saturday, as he climbed the tree to a height of about 45 feet at the Pinewood Trail home, police said.
He then began removing the top portion of the tree, when the tree broke off at its base. The tree, with Banegas-Gomes, still attached, fell directly to the ground, police said.
Other members of the work crew immediately called 911 and attempted to assist him.
Trumbull police and EMS arrived shortly after and treated Banegas-Gomes at the scene. He was transported to Bridgeport Hospital where he later died from his injuries, police said.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials responded to the scene and assisted Trumbull Police with the investigation.
Banegas-Gomes was born in Honduras but had relocated some time ago to the U.S. to be with his father, Javier Banegas and his wife Milagrosa Seguinot Banegas, both of Stratford.
Friends are invited to attend calling hours on Sunday, April 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral Services have been scheduled for Monday, April 23, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Peaceful Light Funeral Home, 426 East Washington Ave., Bridgeport, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church; Interment will follow in Lakeview Cemetery, Bridgeport.
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